ENGLEWOOD – Brandon Marshall, you may have noticed, has been standing on the sideline with his teammates again during the playing of the national anthem.
During the four-game preseason and first two games of the regular season, Marshall, an inside linebacker, and his teammate, receiver Demaryius Thomas, had been waiting in a tunnel during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner.
After Marshall posed with a ceremonial, $50,000 check he and the Broncos donated to the FEEL (Feed Educate & Empower Leaders) Movement Wednesday at the team’s UCHealth Training Center headquarters, he explained his position.
“The knee is just a symbol, it’s not everything,’’ Marshall told 9NEWS. “The action, what we’re doing in the community, that’s everything. I definitely thought the knee was important to get everybody’s attention but more so it’s about what we’re doing in the community.
“I felt that it was time. I consulted my family before everything and they agreed, and the people I worked with agreed, and said, ‘You know what, you don’t necessarily have to [kneel or stay in tunnel] as long as you’re out here walking the walk, it’s all good.’’
He talked to D.T. and he was on board with Marshall. The FEEL Movement donations from Marshall and the Broncos will allocate the $50,000 to three local charity groups: Denver Rescue Mission, Adolescents Know Your Rights and Action Youth.
Broncos’ right tackle Jared Veldheer didn’t practice Wednesday because of a knee bruise. Based on the way he was hobbling in the locker room Wednesday, he won’t practice Thursday, either.
“I’m glad I don’t have to have surgery or anything,’’ Veldheer said. “When you play football for a while this stuff kind of happens. You just try to control what you can control. There’s a process to get back out there and you attack it from that position.’’
Lindsay appeals fine
Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay had his appeal by phone Tuesday on the $10,026 fine he received for getting ejected from the game last week at Baltimore.
Lindsay, who was ejected for allegedly throwing a punch - even if it was clear he was trying to push a player away with an open hand - was asked if he mentioned during his appeal how Baltimore’s Mathew Jordan had pushed him at his throat.
“They had already seen it, so I just gave them my side of the story,’’ Lindsay said. “Hopefully, they reduce it.’’
Harris bounces back
Bradley Roby wasn’t the only Broncos’ defensive back who was left exhausted trying to cover Kansas City receivers for an extra second or two as quarterback Patrick Mahomes scrambled around.
“That was the worst I’ve felt, really,’’ said Roby’s cornerback partner Chris Harris Jr. “I had a full-body cramp. I had to go inside, get two IVs and I was still cramping in my feet the whole fourth quarter. I was just fighting through it. I pride myself on being in great shape, being able to finish the game and get stronger in the fourth quarter. This game, I couldn’t. I was just done. All my energy was gone and I was still cramping. I was just trying to fight through that.”
Two defensive starters, linebacker Todd Davis (shoulder) and end Adam Gotsis (knee), didn’t practice Wednesday. …
Cornerback Tramaine Brock returned to practice after missing last week with a groin strain. Another corner, Adam Jones, was excused for a family matter.