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49ers anthem protest grows to eight players

Players talk about joining 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in racial injustice protest

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the national anthem to shed light on racial injustice. His actions have spread across the NFL as other players are showing signs of support.
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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the national anthem to shed light on racial injustice. His actions have spread across the NFL as other players are showing signs of support.

A number of 49ers players took part in the anthem protest that quarterback Colin Kaepernick began last month. Kaepernick, Eric Reid and Eli Harold knelt during the anthem, the first time Harold has knelt this season.

Meanwhile, five players raised their right fists during the ceremony: Antoine Bethea, Rashard Robinson, Jaquiski Tartt, Keith Reaser and Mike Davis.

The Seahawks players stood with arms linked like they had the first two games. Cornerback Richard Sherman, receiver Doug Baldwin and defensive end Michael Bennett spoke during the week about the same racial inequality issues that prompted Kaepernick to begin his protest.

The San Francisco 49ers' game Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, against the Seahawks in Seattle matches teams that tend to gleefully pound on each other. With that in mind The Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows' players to watch include a couple of tough veteran

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

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