Marshawn Lynch Sits During National Anthem at Raiders' Preseason Game

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett remains seated during national anthem

Now, with the chance to make up for their mistakes over their unique five-game preseason, they're already one step ahead of the game as they get ready to play the Oakland Raiders in their second preseason game.

Marshawn Lynch of the Oakland Raiders sat through the pregame performance of the national anthem at last night's preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals.

USA Today photographer Mark Rebilas captured the image of Lynch sitting behind the rest of his teammates ahead of their contest against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Arizona on Saturday.

Although he rarely talks to the news 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 minorities. The Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said he had spoken to the running back about his decision after the game.

Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper suffers ugly-looking knee injury
The 24-year-old is as fearsome a hitter as anyone in the sport, reaching the All-Star Game in four of his first five seasons. Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper left the first inning of Saturday's game with an apparent knee injury.

Lynch's locker was cleared by the time the media was permitted in the postgame locker room Saturday night, per multiple reporters. "It's not a form of anything other than me being myself, '" Del Rio said, via ESPN. I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem, but I'm going to respect you as a man. "You do your thing".

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

Palmer, at age 37 beginning his 15th National Football League season, directed Arizona on a 12-play, 70-yard touchdown drive to start the game. He's among the most dominant running backs of the past decade, a Super Bowl victor, and returned from retirement this year to play for his hometown Raiders.

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