Raiders Marshawn Lynch remains seated for national anthem

Instant Analysis Shorthanded Raiders Drop Preseason Opener

Lynch sat during the national anthem, as captured by USA TODAY Sports Images photographers Mark J. Rebilas and Matt Kartozian, before his first preseason game with the Oakland Raiders.

Lynch has spoken to the media just once since coming out retirement and joining the Raiders after a trade with the Seattle Seahawks last spring. He is a five-time Pro Bowl selection and helped guide the Seahawks to a Super Bowl XLVIII victory.

Lynch was not among the players who kneeled during Colin Kaepernick's protest against police brutality and racial injustice last season, though he did praise the controversial quarterback for taking action. "And I mean, if you're really not racist, then you're going to see what he's done, what he's doing, [not] as a threat to America, but just addressing a problem that we have". "You do your thing and we'll do ours".

After the game, Raiders coach Jack Del Rio told reporters that he was surprised Lynch sat during the anthem.

Briefly: A hot topic has been Sean Smith practicing with the second team this week, but on Thursday, the cornerback was back with the starters. He had two bad penalties on the night and almost gave up an easy touchdown completion had Stanton not overthrown his target.

After last week's impressive debut by Gabbert, Saturday was the kind of game Stanton needed. "There were several guys that didn't play and that was one of them". I've still got a lot of work to do, especially in pass-blocking and things like that. The Cardinals are going to be good, maybe great.

The Cardinals will face the Chicago Bears in their third preseason game this year.

Backup quarterback EJ Manuel did further lock down his grasp on the No. 2 slot on the depth chart over Connor Cook, and running back DeAndre Washington looked as explosive as ever during his time on the field.

"He was ideal", Arians said of his receiver on the play.

One of the more underrated storylines of this camp and even the season is Jared Veldheer's transition from left to right tackle. Without that receiver, the Cardinals might struggle to find crucial plays when they need them most. That was very tough to see.



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