Broncos/Panthers games notes

DENVER—Brandon Marshall and Colin Kaepernick are bonded by college and a knee.

Kapernick, a  quarterback for the  San  Francisco 49ers,  became a polarizing sensation last month when  he  protested what he perceives is oppression against African Americans by sitting during  the playing of a National  Anthem  prior to his team’s  third preseason game.

Kaepernick amended his position for  the  fourth  preseason game by taking a knee  instead  of  sitting  during the  National Anthem because the flag and  the  song are  more  directly tied to  the  people  who serve in the  military to  protect our country. Taking the knee, though, still protests Kaepernick’s belief that African Americans have been unfairly treated by police.

Prior to the Denver Broncos’ 21-20 win  Thursday night against Carolina,  Marshall  went  to  the  far right of  the  players’ line during the National  Anthem,  and dropped to a knee.

“Colin is my fraternity brother, my ex-teammate and I believe in what he’s trying to do,” Marshall said. “I believe in his actions so I definitely want to stand by him.  At the  same time,  I didn’t want to just do it  as  far  as  ‘I’m  going  to  take a  knee,’ but I will also  donate  to  programs  for  veterans  and different things  like  that.  I’m going to be active in this.’’

Marshall added he’s not against the military or the police or American. “I’m just against social injustice.’

Marshall, the recipient of The Darrent Williams Good Guy Award last year in a vote of the Denver media, understands some people may not think he’s such a good guy anymore.

“I really felt like I would lose a lot of fans,” Marshall said. “I felt  like  I  would  lose – who knows, you might lose  endorsements or whatever  the case may be,  but I  really thought that  this  was  a risk that  I’m willing to  take  and  I did  it.  I don’t regret it.’’

Veteran move

Brett Favre never needed the offseason and training camp and he did all right playing quarterback for a new team with a new system in his later years.

DeMarcus Ware just popped out of the Broncos’ training room and after missing the entire offseason, training camp and preseason with a back injury, the outside linebacker had 1 ½ sacks against Carolina quarterback Cam Newton.

Ware now has 136.0 career sacks, which places him in a three-way tie for 9th all-time with Julius Peppers and Jared Allen.

And Ware needs just six more sacks to pass Michael Strahan, who is fifth all time and was a second-ballot Hall of Famer.

“I’m  glad I had  this  offseason to  sort of  rehabilitate myself  and  get  my back  right,’’ Ware  said.  “Now, I was on a pitch count this game. Each game I’ll play a little bit more, and I look forward to it.’’

He can only go up

And on his first NFL carry, Broncos rookie running back Devontae Booker fumbled. The Broncos had reached the Carolina 29 yard line on their opening drive when the Booker fumble spoiled it.

“It was a good play by (Luke) Kuechly,’’ Booker said of the Panthers’ linebacker. “I was holding it, protecting it and he hit it and the ball came out. Great play by him. You’ve got to bounce back from it.’’    

Booker had two more carries in the game for 8 yards.

Bronco Bits

Von Miller, the hero of Super Bowl 50, confronted extra blockers in this game but he wound up sacking Newton in the fourth quarter. …

Todd Davis was Danny Trevathan-like in leading the Broncos with 7 tackles. The inside linebacker also had half a sack. 

 

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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