The Latest: Kaepernick, others with anthem demonstrations

Fans tailgate outside Lambeau Field before an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
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The Latest on the third week of the NFL season (all times Eastern):

4:35 p.m.

San Francisco 49ers players Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid and Eli Harold kneeled during the national anthem before the game Sunday in Seattle.

The Seahawks stood together with their arms locked during the anthem, just as they did in their first two games this season.

Seattle held a moment of silence before the anthem for the victims of a mass shooting on Friday night about 90 minutes north of Seattle, where five people died.

At the Steelers-Eagles game in Philadelphia, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback Ron Brooks were the only players from either team to raise their fists during the national anthem. Last week, they were joined by Marcus Smith and Steven Means.

Three players on the Chargers sideline in Indianapolis had their hands raised during the anthem, including offensive lineman Joe Barksdale and Chris Hairston. Colts cornerback Antonio Cromartie, a former Charger, took a knee and also raised his fist.

In Tampa Bay, a moment of silence was held before the Rams-Buccaneers game for ace Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who was killed in a boating accident early Sunday.

4 p.m.

While the meeting of the unbeaten Steelers and Eagles in Philadelphia is the main event among the 4 p.m. Eastern games, there are other intriguing matchups.

The New York Jets go on the road to face the Kansas City Chiefs. Arrowhead Stadium is a tough venue, making this a measuring-stick game for the Jets.

On the West Coast, the Seattle Seahawks are missing two of their top three running backs, but they should be able to rely on their defense against the San Francisco 49ers. Seattle has given up just 19 points through two games.

Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston will go against the Los Angeles Rams looking to bounce back from a bad outing last week against Arizona.

The San Diego Chargers play at winless Indianapolis in the other late-afternoon game.

Chicago visits Dallas on Sunday night.

3:50 p.m.

New York Giants center Weston Richburg was ejected from Sunday's game against Washington in the fourth quarter after drawing two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.

Under a new NFL rule, a player can be thrown out of a game for committing two such fouls. Richburg got one in the second quarter, then drew another early in the fourth period when he blocked Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and then taunted him on a pass play.

Richburg was replaced by Brett Jones.

3:40 p.m.

Washington starting running back Matt Jones was evaluated for a concussion after taking a tough hit that appeared to jolt his neck forward, but was cleared and allowed to return to play.

Jones was hit Sunday by Giants safety Nat Berhe after a 5-yard run. The hit caused Jones to fumble, though he recovered the ball at the Giants 45. Jones was immediately removed from the game to go through the league's concussion protocol.

The Redskins lost four starters to injury during the game.

Cornerback Bashaud Breeland hurt his right ankle during the first quarter against the New York Giants and did not return. He was injured covering rookie Sterling Shepard on a 12-yard pass down to the Redskins 1.

Trainers worked on his lower right leg, and he couldn't put weight on the leg as he was helped off the field.

Defensive back DeAngelo Hall sprained his right knee, center Kory Lichtensteiger went out with a left calf injury and left guard Shawn Lauvao was knocked out of the game with a left ankle injury.

3:10 p.m.

Oakland Raiders right tackle Menelik Watson will not return for the second half against the Tennessee Titans after hurting his right leg.

Watson was hurt late in the second quarter on a 30-yard run by DeAndre Washington. Trainers checked him out on the field, and Watson was able to walk to the sideline. The Raiders announced early in the third quarter that Watson would not return.

Oakland led 17-3 at halftime.

– Teresa M. Walker reporting from Nashville, Tennessee.

3:08 p.m.

The Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers lost players to injury.

Detroit safety Tavon Wilson injured his neck and left the game in Green Bay in the first quarter.

It's another blow for an injury-depleted Lions defense that is already without lineman Ezekiel Ansah and linebacker DeAndre Levy. Detroit allowed four touchdown passes in the first half to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Packers tight end Jared Cook went out early in the second quarter with a right ankle injury. Fullback Aaron Ripkowski went out in the second quarter with a back injury. He walked back to the locker room.

– Genaro Armas reporting from Green Bay, Wisconsin.

2:40 p.m.

Aaron Rodgers has thrown four touchdown passes and the Green Bay Packers lead the injury-riddled Detroit Lions 31-10 at halftime.

It's a nice bounceback for Rodgers, who is 12 of 18 for 174 yards after struggling in last week's loss at Minnesota.

Rodgers' TD passes were 14 yards to Davante Adams, 8 and 17 yards to Jordy Nelson and 2 yards to Richard Rodgers.

The winless Buffalo Bills, playing without injured star receiver Sammy Watkins, are leading the Arizona Cardinals 17-7 at the half. Elsewhere at half: New York Giants 21, Washington 16; Oakland 17, Tennessee 3; Cleveland 13, Miami 10; Baltimore 13, Jacksonville 7; Carolina 10, Minnesota 8; Denver 16, Cincinnati 14.

2:20 p.m.

Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski now is the NFL's all-time leader in field goals made from 50 yards and out.

Janikowski kicked a 52-yard field goal with 8:13 left in the second quarter Sunday, giving the Raiders a 10-3 lead over the Tennessee Titans. That was the 53rd field goal of 50 yards or longer for the 17-year veteran, breaking a tie with Jason Hanson who had 52 such field goals in 21 NFL seasons.

His career percentage from 50 yards and out coming into this game was 55.9 percent (52 of 93). He was 4 of 5 from that distance last season.

– Teresa M. Walker reporting from Nashville, Tennessee.

2:15 p.m.

Arizona Cardinals punter Drew Butler is questionable to return to the game against the Buffalo Bills after he sustained an ankle injury in the first quarter.

Butler's last kick before he left the game was a 40-yard punt to end the first quarter. Kicker Chandler Catanzaro took over punting duties for Butler and had a 47-yard punt from his own end zone on his first kick early in the second quarter.

Butler had four punts in the first quarter and averaged 36.5 yards per punt.

– John Wawrow reporting from Orchard Park, New York.

2:10 p.m.

Buffalo's Tyrod Taylor has set another franchise rushing record for quarterbacks.

His 49-yard run up the left side against Arizona on Sunday broke the previous team record of 41 set by Joe Ferguson against Cleveland on Oct. 23, 1977.

Taylor's run more than doubled the 36 yards rushing he had in Buffalo's first two games.

Last year, Taylor set the team record for quarterbacks with 568 yards rushing.

Anthony Lynn is making his debut as the Bills offensive coordinator after Greg Roman was fired on Sept. 16.

– John Wawrow reporting from Orchard Park, New York.

1:44 p.m.

The Browns have turned to a wide receiver to solve their quarterback woes.

A converted wide receiver, but a receiver nonetheless.

Terrelle Pryor – once a star quarterback in his college days at Ohio State – got some read-option work during the opening quarter of Cleveland's game at Miami. Pryor had the Browns on the move with a 26-yard pass and a 15-yard run, but the drive stalled not long after he was nearly intercepted.

The Browns wound up missing a 41-yard field goal.

Cleveland started Cody Kessler at quarterback, the Browns' third in as many weeks this season after Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown both got injured. Pryor took over on the second series, and Kessler was back under center during the third drive.

– Tim Reynolds in Miami Gardens, Florida

1:35 p.m.

Larry Fitzgerald finally has a catch in Buffalo.

The Cardinals star receiver extended the NFL's longest active reception streak to 182 consecutive games with a 3-yard catch on a crossing pattern midway through the first quarter against the Bills on Sunday.

Fitzgerald's streak began during his rookie season and after he failed to make a catch in a 38-14 loss at the Bills on Oct. 31, 2004.

Fitzgerald vividly recalled his first and only previous visit to Buffalo. He noted how windy the conditions were and said the only positive that came from the trip was getting a chance to see Niagara Falls.

Fitzgerald wasn't shut out in the game, as he we credited with a 4-yard run. It came on a bubble screen. He joked that the pitch to him was nearly a forward pass and wondered whether the play could be reviewed.

– John Wawrow in Buffalo, New York.

1:30 p.m.

Washington Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland hurt his right ankle during the first quarter agains the New York Giants and will not return to the game.

He was injured covering rookie Sterling Shepard on a 12-yard pass down to the Redskins 1.

Trainers worked on his lower right leg, and he couldn't put weight on the leg as he was helped off the field.

1:25 p.m.

That TD was quick for the Green Bay Packers.

The struggling offense is off to a fast start after quarterback Aaron Rodgers hit Davante Adams for a 14-yard touchdown pass over the middle on the first drive of the Packers' home opener for a 7-0 lead. Rodgers was 4 of 5 for 64 yards on the drive.

The offense struggled in last week's 17-14 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. The Packers are hoping to build momentum over the first of four straight home games after starting the season with two road games.

– Genaro Armas in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

1:25 p.m.

Players at several NFL games have made small demonstrations during the national anthem, kneeling, raising a fist in the air or using other displays.

Panthers safety Marcus Ball, who was elevated to the active roster this week, held his right hand up in the air during the national anthem on Sunday. He was the only Carolina player who protested during the anthem after the police shooting of 43-year-old African-American man this week.

A handful of Tennessee Titans and a couple of Oakland Raiders raised their fists in protest Sunday.

Tennessee's defensive captain and tackle Jurrell Casey, linebacker Wesley Woodyard and cornerback Jason McCourty had protested in a similar fashion after the anthem for the season opener on Sept. 11, and were joined Sunday, by teammates DaQuan Jones and Perrish Cox. Oakland linebacker Bruce Irvin bowed his head and raised his right fist along with fellow linebacker Malcolm Smith.

Four Washington Redskins – WRs DeSean Jackson and Rashad Ross, cornerback Greg Toler and tight end Niles Paul – stood two steps behind the rest of the team on the sideline during the anthem and held up their right arms, fists clenched, for the entire song.

Numerous Bills players kneeled in the west end zone just before the song began and then rejoined their team to stand along the sideline during the anthem.

Broncos safety T.J. Ward stood and raised his right fist before a game against the Bengals in Cincinnati. His teammates next to him stood with hands over their hearts or crossed in front of them.

Michael Thomas, Kenny Stills and Arian Foster kneeled again during the national anthem before Miami's game against Cleveland on Sunday. Thomas, Stills and Foster have now done so in prior to all three Dolphins games this season. Foster is inactive for the game because of injury.

Four Jacksonville Jaguars raised their right fists before their game against Baltimore. Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr., linebacker Telvin Smith, defensive end Jared Odrick and linebacker Hayes Pullard III joined the movement for the first time Sunday.

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