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Spike Lee announces rally at NFL headquarters to support Colin Kaepernick

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh talks about the team's passionate fans expressing their opinion respectfully and getting some consensus . (Kevin Richardson / Baltimore Sun video)

Movie director and activist Spike Lee is promoting a "United We Stand" rally at NFL headquarters in New York in support of quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Lee announced the the rally, scheduled for Aug. 23 at 5 p.m., on his Twitter account.

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Kaepernick, who declined to stand for the national anthem before a San Francisco 49ers preseason game last summer to protest racial inequality, has been connected to the Ravens this preseason. Ravens starting quarterback Joe Flacco has not practiced because of a back injury.

The day training camp started, coach John Harbaugh said Kaepernick, a 29-year-old who faced the Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII, was on a list of quarterbacks the team was considering if Flacco's injury persisted.

Harbaugh initially said Flacco would be out a week, but he has missed 11 days of camp and will not play Thursday in the team's preseason opener against the Washington Redskins.

At a forum with fans before the team's first open practice at M&T Bank Stadium on July 30, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said he didn't like the way Kaepernick initially sat during the anthem — he later switched to kneeling — and wasn't sure the quarterback could help the Ravens as they cope with Flacco's injury.

Kaepernick opted out of his 49ers contract in March and became a free agent. At that time, he said he would not continue his national anthem protest in 2017.

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