GREEN BAY, Wis. — Green Bay police say they'll have more officers on the field than usual during a planned show of unity before the Green Bay Packers game at Lambeau Field.
The Packers say players, coaches and staff will link arms during the national anthem before Thursday night's game against the Chicago Bears — and the team is hoping fans will do the same.
WBAY -TV reports the police department says more officers will be assigned to protect people on the field in case anyone in the crowd throws an object, or to stop anyone who tries to get on the field. The department says it's not adding any officers to its security detail at the stadium, just moving more officers to the field.
The players say the image they hope to portray is unity for those who have been unjustly treated.
Also, Packers offensive tackles David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga missed Green Bay's game Thursday night against the Bears.
The Packers had to dig deep on the depth chart at the tackle positions with their top three backups already on injured reserve.
For Chicago, defensive end Akiem Hicks was active after being a late addition to the injury report for a foot injury. Offensive lineman Josh Sitton, a former Packer, was active after being listed as questionable with a rib injury
The Bears' inactives were tight end Daniel Brown, defensive back Quintin Demps, offensive lineman Hroniss Grasu, defensive lineman John Jenkins, linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski, running back Taquan Mizzell and quarterback Mark Sanchez.
For Green Bay linebacker Nick Perry was active after missing last week with a right hand injury. But defensive lineman Mike Daniels missed a second straight game with a hip injury.
Bakhtiari had a hamstring injury while Bulaga aggravated an ankle injury on Sunday against Cincinnati.
The Packers other' inactives were cornerbacks Davon House and Lenzy Pipkins; running back Devante Mays; and defensive tackle Montravius Adams.
Both teams players, coaches and other staffers locked arms on the sidelines during the national anthem Thursday night.
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. They asked fans to join in the stands and at home, though it didn't appear that many fans locked arms. Many people in the crowd held up small flags during and after the anthem.
The game was delayed because a lightning storm.
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.