SAN DIEGO — Colin Kaepernick and San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid kneeled during the national anthem Thursday night, continuing the quarterback’s preseason protest of American racial injustice and minority oppression.

Kaepernick and Reid dropped to one knee while a naval officer sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” and dozens of military members unfurled an oversized flag at Qualcomm Stadium.

Kaepernick received scattered boos when he dropped to a knee, but the protest was otherwise unremarked by the San Diego crowd. The 49ers’ visit coincided with the annual Salute to the Military exhibition game for the Chargers, who have strong fan support in their city’s extensive armed forces community.

Kaepernick got much heavier boos when he took the field to start the game for the 49ers.

• In Oakland, Seahawks defensive back Jeremy Lane sat for the anthem.

THE NFL IS expected to pick up most of the cost to stage the 2017 draft in Philadelphia.

City officials said they don’t expect the NFL’s 82nd event to come at taxpayer expense, but instead expect to raise about $5 million of the $25 million budget, with the league paying for the staging and infrastructure.

VIKINGS: Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater vows to come back from the freak knee injury that knocked him out for the season.

Bridgewater’s first public remarks since he went down in practice Tuesday came in a statement through the team. Bridgewater said he comes from “amazing DNA” and watched his mom beat breast cancer.

SAINTS: A person familiar with the deal said the team and center Max Unger agreed on a multiyear extension.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.


LIONS 31, BILLS 0: Dwayne Washington likely secured a spot on the season-opening roster with a 58-yard touchdown run and Jake Rudock boosted his chances with three touchdown passes, leading Detroit to a victory at home.

PANTHERS 18, STEELERS 6: Running back Cameron Artis-Payne made a case for more playing time, rushing for 77 yards on 18 carries, and Graham Gano kicked six field goals as Carolina won at Charlotte, North Carolina.

COLTS 13, BENGALS 10: Stephen Morris’ 25-yard touchdown pass to undrafted rookie Tevaun Smith with 40 seconds left lifted Indianapolis at Cincinnati.

EAGLES 14, JETS 6: New York quarterback Bryce Petty threw a 44-yard TD pass to Robby Anderson before injuring his shoulder, but a pair of big plays helped Philadelphia at home.

FALCONS 17, JAGUARS 15: Terron Ward ran for two TDs, possibly clinching a roster spot, and Atlanta won at home.

VIKINGS 27, RAMS 25: Jared Goff, the first overall pick in the draft, committed two turnovers and had one touchdown pass at Minneapolis in his first exhibition start for Los Angeles.