Packers' Mike McCarthy plans to address national anthem decorum before first exhibition

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Spectators stand for the national anthem before the Green Bay Packers game against the Chicago Bears Thursday, September 28, 2017 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.

GREEN BAY – Despite no clear policy from the NFL, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he’ll continue to discuss pregame decorum with his players.

McCarthy has long discussed the national anthem with his team before the Packers' first exhibition, and that won’t change. Two days before the Packers host the Tennessee Titans on Aug. 9, McCarthy said, he’ll renew his annual presentation on the national anthem.

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It remains to be seen what policy – if any – the NFL will have against players protesting during the national anthem. The league initially passed policy requiring players to stand if they choose to be on the field during the national anthem, but it was removed after the NFLPA filed a grievance.

“Everybody is on a wait-and-see what the conclusion is there,” McCarthy said. “But we have a process of training camp, and when we’re getting ready to play our first game against Tennessee on Thursday night, we’ll talk about the pregame on that Tuesday. So I see that part falling in line.”

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