Raiders' Marshawn Lynch Sits During National Anthem Before Preseason Game

Raiders' Marshawn Lynch Sits During National Anthem Before Preseason Game

Lynch made news, however, by sitting on a cooler on the sideline during the singing of the national anthem.

Another season, another controversy surrounding the national anthem.

Lynch has talked to the media once since he came out of retirement and was acquired in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks last spring, and that was in the offseason program.

Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 and kicker Giorgio Tavecchio #2 of the Oakland Raiders kneel on the sidelines during the first half of the National Football League game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona.

The Oakland Raiders played their first preseason game of the year on Saturday evening, but the outcome and players' performances won't be the dominant storyline that emerges. "I said 15 plays you're done", he told him. "You do your thing".

"On Marshawn, talked to Marshawn trying to make sure we're on the same page", Del Rio said.

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He would like to have played more than one series.

Quarterback E.J. Manuel said he didn't know Lynch hadn't stood for the anthem.

Lynch told Del Rio he has being sitting forever.

Drew Stanton didn't play in the Hall of Fame game, watching teammate Blaine Gabbert play well and speculation about the Cardinals' backup quarterback job gain steam. Raiders linebackers Bruce Irvin and Malcolm Smith joined in early a year ago, by standing through the anthem with a raised fist before a game at Tennessee.

Del Rio added that the protest was a "non-issue" for him as a coach.

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