Denver LB Brandon Marshall takes a knee during National Anthem | Fox News

Denver Broncos inside linebacker Brandon Marshall( 54) kneels during the National Anthem prior to an NFL football game against the , Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, in Denver.( AP Photo/ Joe Mahoney)

Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall, a college teammate of Colin Kaepernick, took to a knee during the playing of the National Anthem before Denver’s season opener against .

Kaepernick refused to stand for the anthem during San Francisco’s preseason games, explaining it was to protest racial oppression and police barbarism in the .

It opened a wide debate and set the microscope on a pregame tradition that has, for decades, been routine.

Marshall was standing with his hand over his heart during the Anthem before a preseason game on Aug. 20.

He constructed no mention of his plans for Thursday’s opener but soon after the large American flag was unfurled, the fifth-year linebacker out of Nevada went to the end of a long row of Broncos and took a knee.

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