Bears’ Danny Trevathan: No anthem protest plan ‘that I know of’

The Eagles plan to make a statement during the national anthem on Monday night, but the Bears wouldn’t say the same Saturday.

Linebacker Danny Trevathan said there were no plans in place — “Not that I know of,” he said — to use the prime time game as an outlet for protest, though he seemed to leave the door open.

“I know as a team we’ll come together if we feel some way about it and do what we need to do,” he said. “But other than that, we’re just looking forward to playing a great game come Monday.”

Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins told Sportsradio 94WIP in Philadelphia that he “definitely” expects his teammates to make a statement during the anthem. The Eagles talked about doing it before their opener, he said, but they didn’t want to take away from the anniversary of 9/11.

The American flag is held on the field at Soldier Field during the national anthem Jan. 3. (AP)

The American flag is held on the field at Soldier Field during the national anthem Jan. 3. (AP)

Bears coach John Fox called the matter an “individual decision” by his players, and said he hasn’t discussed it with them. Asked whether it would be a distraction, he demurred.

“You know, it doesn’t really matter what my view is,” he said. “I choose to stand and put my hand on my heart for the national anthem.”

This and that

• One month after having arthroscopic knee surgery, Kyle Fuller was the only Bears player listed as questionable for Monday’s game, though Fox made a return sound unlikely.

• The Eagles ruled out tight end Zach Ertz (ribs) and cornerback Leodis McKelvin (hamstring).

• Clarence Brooks, a Bears defensive line coach from 1993-98, died Friday night of esophageal cancer. He was 65.


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