SAN DIEGO – Colin Kaepernick was not alone in not standing Friday night for the playing of the national anthem.
Safety Eric Reid joined Kaepernick in taking a knee among the 49ers on the team’s sideline during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner. Kaepernick said his protest was against police brutality and oppression of minorities in America.
Kaepernick was asked on Sunday why he did not recruit any of his teammates to join him in his protest.
“This isn’t something I’m going to ask other people to put their necks out for what I’m doing,” Kaepernick said. “If they agree with me and feel strongly about it, then by all means, I hope they stand with me. But I’m not going to go and try to recruit people and be like, "Hey, come do this with me" because I know the consequences that come with that, and they need to make that decision for themselves.”
Reid, a four-year veteran, was voted last year as the 49ers’ player representative for the NFL Players Association. Reid, 24, was a first-round draft pick in 2013.
The 49ers view themselves as underdogs, but few would call them that in Week 7.
San Francisco (5-0) is a massive favorite Sunday against Washington (1-5), and for good reason. The 49ers boast one of the NFL's most dominant defenses this season while Washington is ... well, Washington.
With a win at FedEx Field, the 49ers will have started their season 6-0 for just the fourth time in franchise history, and the first this century. San Francisco made it to the NFC Championship Game following its last 6-0 start in 1990, going 8-2 down the stretch.
Caesars: SF -10 (-110)
Consensus: SF -10 (-109)
Westgate: SF -9.5 (-110)
Wynn: SF -10 (-110)
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Here's how NFL writers around the country see the 49ers-Washington matchup shaking out:
Nick Wagoner, ESPN: 49ers 38, Washington 6
John Keim: 49ers 30, Washington 10
Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com: 49ers 44, Washington 22
Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News: 49ers 34, Washington 10
Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk: 49ers 16, Washington 3
Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk: 49ers 34, Washington 13
The 49ers have a great chance to keep the good times rolling in Week 7.
San Francisco hits the road for the second straight week, traveling to FedEx Field on Sunday to face Washington. 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan was Washington's offensive coordinator from 2010 through 2013, but he doesn't remember his time there too fondly.
Washington is coming off of its first win of the season after hanging on to beat the winless Miami Dolphins 17-16 in Week 6. Former 49ers tight end Vernon Davis (concussion) will not suit up against San Francisco, and he is set to miss his third straight game.
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Here's how to watch 49ers-Washington on Sunday.
Start time: Sunday, Oct. 20, at 10:00 a.m. PT
TV channel: FOX (KTVU)
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