The Latest: Rodgers starts with brace on knee
The Latest on the second Sunday of the NFL regular season (all times EDT):
1:20 p.m. EDT
Aaron Rodgers started for the Green Bay Packers against the Minnesota Vikings, wearing a brace on his left knee. Rodgers completed three passes on Green Bay's first drive, which ended with a punt.
The Packers later took a 7-0 lead with a special teams touchdown. Geronimo Allison blocked a punt deep in Vikings territory after rushing up the middle. The ball was recovered by rookie Josh Jackson, who jumped to secure the ball and landed in the end zone.
Rodgers was questionable coming into the game after hurting the knee in the season-opening, come-from-behind win over Chicago. The Packers operated out of a shotgun or pistol formation on Rodgers' first drive.
Miami Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson again took a knee during the national anthem, this time before the team's game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.
All of the Jets players linked arms, along with coach Todd Bowles and CEO Christopher Johnson while standing together on the sideline during "The Star-Spangled Banner."
Last Sunday, Stills and Wilson also took knees, and were the only players in the NFL to do so.
Colin Kaepernick, then with the San Francisco 49ers, sparked the anthem controversy by kneeling during the pregame ritual in 2016 — his way of protesting police brutality and social injustice in America. He thanked both Stills and Wilson on Twitter last week for "their unwavering strength by fighting for the oppressed."
League-wide, only about 10 players participated in any form of protests. On Thursday, Stills insisted that his pregame statements are not going away.
"It's something I'm committed to forever," he said.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Chargers tackle Russell Okung stood behind the line of Los Angeles players with his right arm raised and hand in a fist before the game at Buffalo.
— Dennis Waszak Jr. reporting from East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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That contribution will be distributed to organizations that will address the immediate needs of those impacted throughout the Carolinas and other areas.
"The NFL family sends its support to the individuals, families and communities affected by Hurricane Florence," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Sunday. "Natural disasters like this are devastating. As communities in and around the Carolinas recover and rebuild, we hope these funds will provide some measure of relief in the days, weeks and months ahead."
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