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Marshall, Thomas not on field for anthem at Broncos pre-season opener

Author: Associated Press - August 12, 2018 - Updated: August 12, 2018

Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall signs autographs after drills at the team’s headquarters during an NFL football training camp Aug. 4, 2018, in Arapahoe County. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Linebacker Brandon Marshall and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas weren’t with their teammates on the sideline for the national anthem prior to the Denver Broncos’ game against the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday night.

Marshall and Thomas emerged from the tunnel behind the Broncos’ bench after the anthem was over.

In Arizona, Los Angeles Chargers starting left tackle Russell Okung raised his fist during the anthem prior to the team’s game against the Cardinals on Saturday.

The league and the NFL players’ union have yet to announce a policy for this season regarding demonstrations during the anthem after the league initially ordered everyone to stand on the sideline when the anthem is played, or remain in the locker room.

Marshall has knelt in the past during the national anthem, following the lead of his college teammate, Colin Kaepernick, who started the protests in 2016 to bring attention to social injustices. They played together at Nevada.

Thomas hasn’t been involved in the demonstrations but he wore the Malcom Jenkins “You ain’t listening” T-shirt at a pre-camp barbecue last month.

Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas takes part in drills at the team’s NFL football training camp Aug. 1, 2018, in Arapahoe County. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Okung stood with his fist raised behind the rest of the Chargers players, who lined up on the sideline for the anthem.

Associated Press

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