Several Broncos players kneel for national anthem

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Several Broncos took a knee for the national anthem on Sunday after comments from President Donald Trump over the weekend.

The Broncos who kneeled included Von Miller and Chris Harris Jr. Miller was arm-in-arm with Brandon Marshall, who took a knee for several games last season.

Other players stood but also showed their support. Kicker Brandon McManus had his hand on the shoulder of guard Max Garcia, who kneeled.

Others, such as Virgil Green, stood with their fists raised. Coach Vance Joseph stood for the anthem.

Several members of the Bills also took a knee for the anthem.

RELATED: Pittsburgh Steelers to stay in locker room during national anthem

The move comes after Trump criticized some in the NFL on Friday night at a rally in Alabama, saying team owners should fire players for taking a knee during the national anthem.

Trump said owners should respond to the players by saying, “Get that son of a b**** off the field right now, he’s fired. He’s fired.”

Trump later double downed on the claims on Twitter.

“If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL,or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU’RE FIRED. Find something else to do,” Trump tweeted on Saturday.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Saturday called Trump’s comments “divisive” and said they show a “lack of respect” for the league and its players.

“The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture,” Goodell said in the statement. “There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month.

“Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”

Several other teams, including the Broncos, responded by issuing their own statements.

“We could not be more proud, appreciative and grateful for our players,” Broncos president and CEO Joe Ellis said in a statement. “We’ll continue to support them and work together to advocate for values of respect, diversity and inclusion.”

Trump responded to them on Sunday morning on Twitter.

“If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!” he tweeted.

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