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St. Louis Rams players make a stand for Ferguson and Michael Brown

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US sports stars such as LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and New Orleans Saints' Ben Watson have already had their say on the Michael Brown shooting and recent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri - speaking out to urge calm while Bryant in particular voiced his concerns with the US legal system.

And this Sunday members of the St. Louis Rams, the closest NFL franchise to the scene of the incident and home to much rioting in recent days, made a profound statement prior to their game against the Oakland Raiders.

Several members of the Rams roster, including Wide Receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey and Tight End Jared Cook, walked out onto the Edward Jones Dome gridiron holding their arms in the air in reference to the "Hands up, don't shoot" gesture reportedly used by Michael Brown.

The gesture, which can be seen in the image above, was carried out by the entire Rams receiving corp with Kenny Britt and Tavon Austin leading the way as they stood for several moments on their own in front of the tunnel.

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The recent decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson - the man who shot and killed African-American Michael Brown - for his actions has led to several days of violent riots throughout America.

Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis has remained the center of protests however and there was said to be extra security at the Rams - Raiders game today.

Earlier this week Saints player Watson attracted almost one million Facebook likes after posting his thoughts on the situation via social media.

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