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Falcons will lock arms prior to game against Bills, encourage fans to do the same

Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn said that his team will lock arms during Sunday's national anthem prior to their game against the Bills, and said the team is encouraging fans to do the same, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"For us, we will lock arms together during that time, and we would encourage our fans to do the same,” Quinn said Wednesday.

“I think that would be kind of a nice tribute as we’re getting started. It’s an important time in our world.

"There are a lot of issues that are really important to talk about, and we’ll spend some time and we have as a team talking through some of those.”

Last week, the Falcons had many players and coaches -- as well as owner Arthur Blank -- stood and locked arms during the anthem prior to their game against the Lions in Detroit. Two players, defensive tackles Grady Jarrett and Dontari Poe, knelt while other players stood alone off to the side at attention, the AJC reported.

The Bills had several players participate in a protest by taking a knee during the national anthem prior to their home game Sunday against the Denver Broncos. The issue has been a large one this week after Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly was critical of the protest by current Bills players, including LeSean McCoy.

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