Roger Goodell, President of the NFL, is NOT enforcing the rule for standing during the National Anthem. This could lead to serious consequences in the future. When exceptions are made in an institution to the rules that are to govern and be obeyed by all, it normally comes back to bit the non-enforcer. Only time will tell.
The NFL League Rulebook on pages A62-62 governing the National Anthem state:
“The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.”
“During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American Flag is in good condition…
…It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”