Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall takes a knee during national anthem at NFL opener

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DENVER — Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall took a stand by taking a knee during the national anthem Thursday night in the NFL season opener against the Carolina Panthers.

Marshall recently told the Gazette he supports his former Nevada teammate Colin Kaepernick.

The San Francisco 49ers quarterback started a social media firestorm when he refused to stand during the national anthem at a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. Kaepernick said he was protesting racial inequality in America.

On Wednesday, Kaepernick responded to reports that his jersey has become the best-selling jersey in the NFL. He wrote on Instagram that he would donate all the proceeds he receives “back into the community.”