Broncos Player Protests National Anthem, Promptly Leaves Game With Head Injury
Denver Broncos starting linebacker Brandon Marshall knelt during the national anthem Thursday Night in the NFL’s season opener at Sports Authority Field in Denver.
Marshall joined 49ers back-up quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s recent protest of perceived law enforcement injustices and support of activist groups, including Black Lives Matter.
— Denver Post Broncos (@PostBroncos) September 9, 2016
Marshall left the game during the second quarter, suffering from “concussion-like symptoms.” He was taken to the locker room and did not return.
— YELLFY (@yellfy) September 9, 2016
Marshall was taken out for an apparent head injury.
Injury Update Brandon Marshall heads to the locker room Apparently he was seeing Stars…and Stripes.
— Allie J (@AllieJessee) September 9, 2016
Marshall, who was college teammates with Kaepernick at Nevada, told Paul Klee of the Colorado Post Gazette that, “I feel for Kaep. I understand where he’s coming from, and I support him.”
Thursdays’ game between Denver and the Carolina Panthers marks the beginning of the 2016 NFL season, with the rest of the teams playing Sunday and Monday night.
The NFL is bracing for additional displays of protest, including in Seattle, where the Seahawks are rumored to be considering a protest as a team.
Kaepernick and the 49ers host the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night. The embattled QB will be sitting during the game, as he was named the second string quarterback by coach Chip Kelly.
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