Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears players, coaches and other staffers locked arms on the sidelines during the national anthem Thursday night in Wisconsin.

Many fans at Lambeau Field cheered and chanted “USA! USA!” while a large American flag was unfurled at midfield before the anthem.

Packers players released a statement this week saying they would intertwine arms before the game as a show of unity. Many people in the crowd held up small flags during and after the anthem.

The game didn’t go as smoothly.

Play was delayed at the end of the first quarter with the Packers leading 14-0. Players left the field and the stadium announcer asked fans to move indoors into the concourses.

Lightning flashed in the distance and heavy rain started soon after the announcement. Players warmed up for a few minutes before play resumed after 45 minutes.

Fullback lost for year

The New Orleans Saints put veteran fullback John Kuhn on injured reserve with a season-ending biceps injury.

The Saints are in London this week, where they’ll play Miami on Sunday. Being overseas could complicate the process of bringing in a new fullback, but the Saints also could have a couple of tight ends with the versatility to fill in at the fullback spot if needed.

Now in his 12th NFL season, Kuhn has played in two games this season, primarily as a blocker. He’s carried the ball once for 2 yards.

Meanwhile, the Saints activated receiver Willie Snead, who is returning after a three-week suspension stemming from a drunken-driving arrest.

Watson donates check

Houston Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson donated his first NFL game check to three NRG stadium employees who were affected by Hurricane Harvey.

He surprised three women who work in the team cafeteria at the stadium. Watson donated about $27,000 of his base salary of $465,000.

In a video shared by the team, he told the women: “For what you all do for us every day and never complain, I really appreciate you all. So I wanted to give my first game check to y’all to help y’all out in some type of way.”

The women became emotional when he handed them an envelope with a red ribbon and one asked for a hug. He quickly obliged with a big grin.

The former Clemson star told them: “Hopefully, that’s good and that can get you back on your feet. And anything else y’all need, I’m always here to help.”

Around the league

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford (left knee) was ruled out again this week, meaning Case Keenum will make his third start Sunday against the visiting Detroit Lions. ... Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed (chest, rib) hopes to play Monday night against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs. ... Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones was limited in practice for the second day with a sore back.