- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 8, 2016

One player joined Colin Kaepernick in refusing Thursday to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the first NFL regular-season game.

Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall knelt during the performance of the anthem by Andra Day, before the kickoff of the Super Bowl rematch between the Broncos and the Carolina Panthers.

The NBC-TV feed showed no other players kneeling and commentator Al Michaels said there was nobody else demonstrating. It cut back a second time to Marshall kneeling.

No other Broncos players embraced or otherwise gave a show of overt support to Marshall as he got up after the anthem, as happened the second time the San Francisco 49ers quarterback refused to stand.

Marshall was a college teammate of Kaepernick, when the two played at the University of Nevada.

Thursday night’s demonstration could mark the start of an embarrassing weekend for the NFL, for among other reasons because it falls on the 15th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, which is the only off-field event in recent decades to cancel a whole week of games.

Kaepernick already had said other players have said they support him and expect to join his protest.

In the last week of preseason, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane sat on the bench during the anthem while Kaepernick himself knelt. Both men have said they will continue to do so.

According to the Seattle Times on Wednesday, some Seahawks players are trying to get the team as a whole to commit “a big surprise” during the anthem. “That’s what the world needs to see. The world needs to see people coming together versus being individuals,” linebacker Bobby Wagner told The Times.

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