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.
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.