By Chris Emma

By Chris Emma–

GREEN BAY, Wis. (CBS) — The Bears and Packers linked arms on their respective sidelines for the national anthem at Lambeau Field on Thursday night.

Chants of “U-S-A” were loud through Lambeau Field as the American flag was unfurled prior to kickoff between the Bears and Packers, the first two teams to show symbolism during Week 4 of the season.

The Packers had encouraged their fans to join them in locking arms, though few fans in attendance at Lambeau Field followed suit. The activism during the national anthem reached a larger scale last Sunday, two days after President Donald Trump made strong remarks against player protests.

Last week, the Bears locked arms on their sideline while the Steelers waited behind before emerging from the tunnel at the conclusion of the national anthem. The Bears haven’t had any players show an individual form of protest since former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started protesting against racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem during the 2016 season.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for CBSChicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670 and like his Facebook page.

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