SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Colin Kaepernick plans to sit through the national anthem for as long as he feels it's appropriate and until he sees major change in America, specifically when it comes to race relations.
He knows he could be cut for the stand. Criticized, ostracized — he says he will go it alone if need be. The 49ers quarterback realizes he might be treated poorly in some road cities, and he says he's ready for that, too, saying he's not overly concerned about his safety, but "if something happens, that's only proving my point."
Two days after he refused to stand for the Star Spangled Banner before the 49ers' preseason loss to the Packers, Kaepernick said his stand will continue. He addressed his teammates Sunday morning, some agreeing with his message but not necessarily his method.
Kaepernick, 28, criticized presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and he pushed for accountability.
"You can become a cop in six months and don't have to have the same amount of training as a cosmetologist," he said. "That's insane. Someone that's holding a curling iron has more education and more training than people that have a gun and are going out on the street to protect us."
Kaepernick, who is biracial and whose adoptive parents are white, insists his stand is not against the military.
Giants receiver Victor Cruz said Saturday after his team's victory against the Jets that the American flag deserves respect — no matter what.
"The flag is the flag," said Cruz, who is African-American. "Regardless of how you feel about things that are going on in America today, and the things that are going on across the world with gun violence and things of that nature, you've got to respect the flag, and you've got to stand up with your teammates."
Bills coach Rex Ryan, who is white, said he believes standing for the anthem is a way for players and coaches to show respect and thank the armed forces.
Berry signs tender: Chiefs safety Eric Berry signed his franchise tender and reported to camp. The deal will pay him $10,806,000 million this season, making him the league's highest-paid safety. Berry played every game last season, less than a year after he was diagnosed with cancer.
Romo timetable: Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is being fit for a back brace and rookie Dak Prescott is preparing to start in Romo's place not only in the regular-season opener but for at least the first six weeks, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Coach Jason Garrett said Romo has an L1 compression fracture but would not rule him out for the Sept. 11 opener.
Preseason games: The Chargers said running back and kick returner Branden Oliver (Achilles tendon) might be out for the season after being injured at Minnesota. … Brock Osweiler threw for 146 yards and a touchdown as the host Texans beat the Cardinals 34-24.
BENGALS INJURIES: Cincinnati running back Cedric Peerman is likely done for the season after he fractured his left forearm against the Jaguars. He has led the team in special teams tackles for two straight seasons and made his first Pro Bowl last season. A.J. Green limped off in the first quarter with what seemed to be a right knee injury, but the receiver said it wasn't serious. Cornerback Adam Jones was scratched after straining a calf in warmups.
Bears: Quarterback Connor Shaw broke his left leg Saturday and said on Twitter that the hit by Chiefs defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches "should've been avoided" and was "cheap (stuff)."
Falcons: Safety Dashon Goldson was signed as a free agent.
Jets: Receiver Devin Smith went on the reserve/physically unable to perform list. He tore an ACL in December.
Ravens: Running back Kenneth Dixon has a torn MCL that could keep him out 4-6 weeks.