NFL notes: Raiders' Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem before game against Cardinals – Los Angeles Times

Marshawn Lynch made the biggest news of what otherwise was a routine preseason NFL game by sitting during the national anthem prior to the Oakland Raiders‘ 20-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night.

The former Seattle running back, who came out of retirement to sign with his hometown Raiders, sat on an orange cooler with his arms resting on his knees, while others around him stood.

Although he rarely talks to the media, Lynch has voiced support for quarterback Colin Kaepernick‘s decision to kneel during the anthem last season to protest what he saw as a pattern of police mistreatment of people of color.

Lynch did not play in the game.

Carson Palmer threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Brittan Golden to cap his brief preseason debut while Oakland quarterback Derek Carr watched the game from the sideline.

David Johnson had a 10-yard run in the opening drive. The standout running back carried three times for 16 yards before calling it a night.

Two of the Raiders’ top defensive players, All-Pro defensive end Khalil Mack and linebacker Bruce Irvin, joined Carr and Lynch as spectators.

E.J. Manuel got the start at quarterback for Oakland and had a strong showing in his battle with Connor Cook for the backup job. Manuel completed 10 of 12 passes for 107 yards. Cook played the entire second half, completing 10 of 21 for 81 yards

Drew Stanton, who appears to have a firm hold on the backup quarterback job for Arizona despite the addition of Blaine Gabbert, had a strong first half in relief of Palmer. Stanton, Palmer’s backup for the past four seasons, completed 11 of 15 passes for 112 yards, including a 7-yard TD pass to tight end Troy Niklas.

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