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49ers’ Robinson, Tartt join anthem protest

San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick signs autographs before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016.
San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick signs autographs before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. AP

The number of 49ers protesting during the national anthem has grown to six.

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick and safety Eric Reid knelt for the third straight game while defensive players Antoine Bethea, Eli Harold, Jaquiski Tartt and Rashard Robinson raised their right fists during the anthem ceremony. Harold and Bethea raised their fists during the Week 1 anthem.

The group is protesting to draw attention to racial inequity, including police brutality.

Leading up to the San Francisco 49ers' Week 2 NFL confrontation with the Carolina Panthers, The Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows focuses on two key defenders, two important offensive cogs - and one other player whose performances could determine how

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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