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USA TODAYKenny Stills might be on a new team, but his efforts to raise awareness for social injustice issues continue.Carrying on what was started by then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016, the new Houston Texans wide receiver knelt during the national anthem before Monday night’s game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.Stills and left tackle Laremy Tunsil were traded from the Miami Dolphins to the Texans on Aug. 31. Before departing Miami, Stills had been critical of Dolphins owner Stephen Ross’ contributions to President Donald Trump. Stills called out Ross as hypocritical because his non-profit RISE’s mission statement illuminates “equality” and combats racial discrimination. On Aug. 6, he tweeted, “you can’t have a non profit with this mission statement then open your doors to Trump.” Afterward, Stills said he received death threats. Stills also was critical of the NFL’s partnership with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, prompting Dolphins coach Brian Flores to play eight consecutive Jay-Z songs during a training camp practice.NFL Week 1’s best photosPosted!A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson dives for a touchdown against the Saints during the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Derick E. Hingle, USA TODAY SportsSaints running back Alvin Kamara dives over Texans cornerback Bradley Roby (21) during the first quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Chuck Cook, USA TODAY SportsPittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster controls the ball while being tackled by New England Patriots outside linebacker Dont’a Hightower (54) and cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) during the first half at Gillette Stadium. David Butler II, USA TODAY SportsNew England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon breaks a tackle from Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden and continues running to score a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Greg M. Cooper, USA TODAY SportsThe End Zone Militia fires a round after a New England Patriots touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Greg M. Cooper, USA TODAY SportsDallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott reaches for the goal line for a touchdown in the third quarter against New York Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree. Matthew Emmons, USA TODAY SportsArizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray runs the ball against the Detroit Lions. Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY SportsDallas Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper catches a second quarter touchdown pass against New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker. Matthew Emmons, USA TODAY SportsLos Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, right, is sacked by Indianapolis Colts defensive end Kemoko Turay. Marcio Jose Sanchez, APJacksonville Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles sits on the bench with his arm in a sling after he was injured during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs. He has a broken clavicle. Stephen B. Morton, APMiami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick reacts against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. Steve Mitchell, USA TODAY SportsCarolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey hurdles Los Angeles Rams defenders in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Bob Donnan, USA TODAY SportsPhiladelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson makes a 51-yard touchdown reception past Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Bill Streicher, USA TODAY SportsBaltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram celebrates his touchdown run against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Steve Mitchell, USA TODAY SportsNew York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell carries the ball as Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Matt Milano tackles during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Vincent Carchietta, USA TODAY SportsKansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins reacts after scoring his second touchdown of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Douglas DeFelice, USA TODAY SportsWashington Redskins wide receiver Terry McLaurin celebrates his touchdown catch in the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. James Lang, USA TODAY SportsBaltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson leaps over Miami Dolphins free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Steve Mitchell, USA TODAY SportsWashington Redskins tight end Vernon Davis hurdles over Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby (bottom left) as strong safety Andrew Sendejo (42) attempts to make the tackle in the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. James Lang, USA TODAY SportsCleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham runs the ball past Tennessee Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Scott Galvin, USA TODAY SportsNew York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell warms up before his game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Vincent Carchietta, USA TODAY SportsPackers strong safety Adrian Amos intercepts the football in the fourth quarter. Quinn Harris, USA TODAY SportsChicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen (29) carries the ball as Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander (23) defends in the second quarter at Soldier Field. Dan Powers, USA TODAY SportsChicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) prepares to throw the ball against the Green Bay Packers during the first half at Soldier Field. Dan Powers, USA TODAY SportsChicago Bears tight end Adam Shaheen (87) makes a catch as Green Bay Packers strong safety Adrian Amos (31) defends during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mike Dinovo, USA TODAY SportsGreen Bay Packers tight end Jimmy Graham (80) hurdles Chicago Bears free safety Eddie Jackson (39) in front of Bears inside linebacker Danny Trevathan (59) and Bears strong safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (21) in the second quarter at Soldier Field. Dan Powers, USA TODAY SportsGreen Bay Packers tight end Marcedes Lewis (89) carries the ball against the Chicago Bears during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mike Dinovo, USA TODAY SportsChicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) throws a pass against the Green Bay Packers during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mike Dinovo, USA TODAY SportsGreen Bay Packers’ Jimmy Graham reacts after catching a touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Chicago. Charles Rex Arbogast, APGreen Bay Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (83) carries the ball as Chicago Bears defensive back Deon Bush (26) and cornerback Prince Amukamara (20) defend during the first half at Soldier Field. Dan Powers, USA TODAY SportsLeonard Floyd #94 of the Chicago Bears sacks Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers during the first quarter in the game at Soldier Field on September 05, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Jonathan Daniel, Getty ImagesChicago Bears’ David Montgomery runs during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Chicago. David Banks, APChicago Bears defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris (95) reacts after making a sack against the Green Bay Packers during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mike Dinovo, USA TODAY SportsChicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) runs with the ball as Green Bay Packers safety Raven Greene (24) defends during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mike Dinovo, USA TODAY SportsChicago Bears’ Roy Robertson-Harris sacks Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Chicago. Charles Rex Arbogast, APChicago Bears’ Leonard Floyd is congratulated by Khalil Mack after sacking Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Chicago. David Banks, APFireworks display prior to the game between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on September 05, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Nuccio DiNuzzo, Getty ImagesA Green Bay Packers fan watches before the start of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Chicago. David Banks, APGreen Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) takes the field prior to the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mike Dinovo, USA TODAY SportsGreen Bay Packers cornerback Will Redmond (25) takes the field prior to the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mike Dinovo, USA TODAY SportsFans tailgate outside Soldier Field before an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Chicago. David Banks, APChicago Bears fan Bill Smith, of Peoria, Illinois prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on September 05, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Nuccio DiNuzzo, Getty ImagesChicago Bears fans tailgating prior to the game between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on September 05, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Nuccio DiNuzzo, Getty ImagesA man and a woman hug prior to the game between the Chicago Bears and the against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on September 05, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Nuccio DiNuzzo, Getty ImagesCHICAGO, ILLINOIS – SEPTEMBER 05: Chicago Bears players huddlebefore warmups prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on September 05, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775374597 ORIG FILE ID: 1172610007 Nuccio DiNuzzo, Getty ImagesInterested in this topic? You may also want to view these photo galleries:AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide

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