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.’’
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.
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.
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