NFL Protests Grow Sunday as Players Follow Kaepernick's Lead

Some teams interlocked arms while individual players knelt or raised fists.

Meanwhile, in Seattle, Miami Dolphins players Arian Foster, Michael Thomas, Jelani Jenkins and Kenny Stills knelt during the national anthem at the start of their game against the Seahawks.

Across the field, Seahawks team members interlocked their arms in a gesture that they had announced earlier would be a "demonstration of unity."

Kaepernick has drawn considerable attention for his stance on racial issues and his remarks about the police, sparking a debate among fans and many public officials over the right to protest and the appropriate response to the national anthem.

"He spoke up about something he felt he needed to speak up about," Peters said of Kaepernick. "I salute him for that. I'm going to back him up."

Peters' gesture of raising his fist appears to add a new element of political symbolism to the growing wave of demonstrations in the league.

Tommie Smith and John Carlos, gold and bronze medalists in the 200-meter run at the 1968 Olympic Games, engaged in a protest on the victory stand in which they raised their fists in what is frequently described as a "Black Power salute."

As for Kaepernick, the 49ers are scheduled to host the Los Angeles Rams in a game on Monday, Sept. 12. Forty-niners coach Chip Kelly announced that the controversial star player would serve as the team's backup quarterback at that game.

He is expected to continue to protest there and will likely receive considerable media attention when he does.