​The National Anthem has been a hot-button issue during this year's NFL preseason, and that continued Monday, with the biggest demonstration to date. 


It's safe to say a movement is coming into fruition. 

​​The 11 players who knelt in a circle were as follows: Seth DeValve, Duke Johnson Jr., Terrence Magee, Jabrill Peppers, Calvin Pryor, Jamar Taylor, Kenny Britt, Ricardo Louis, Chris Kirksey, Jamie Collins and Isaiah Crowell. DeValve was the only white player of the group. 


In addition to the kneeling players, Britton Colquitt, Jason McCourty, DeShone Kizer, Trevon Coley and Shon Coleman stood near the circle. 


Malcolm Jenkins garnered a lot of attention for raising his first during the anthem earlier this preseason, and Marshawn Lynch and Michael Bennett sat during the anthem before their preseason games. Colin Kaepernick, of course, made waves for kneeling for the anthem last season, and has been in the news all summer because he hasn't yet been signed. 


The Browns display during Monday's game was notable for its sheer numbers.

​​Cleveland coach Hue Jackson recently said he would ​prefer that his players stand for the national anthem, though he later issued a statement saying his comments were misconstrued.


Whether the Browns players are trying to send a message to their coach, the league or both, they certainly got people's attention. The National Anthem demonstrations, Kaepernick's free-agency and activism from NFL players will be a compelling story to follow throughout the season.