Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch remains seated during national anthem

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"I said, 'So you understand how I feel".

Raiders Marshawn Lynch appeared to stage a silent protest before Oakland's preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday, taking a seat during the playing of the national anthem.

Several media outlets photographed Lynch sitting on a cooler, munching on a banana during the national anthem.

Another season, another controversy surrounding the national anthem. The coach said he spoke to Lynch and was told this is nothing new for the running back.

But that isn't something that should come as a surprise to fans given that Lynch hasn't stood for the anthem in 11 years, according to NBC Sports Bay Area's Fallon Smith. "You do your thing and we'll do ours.' So that's a non-issue for me", Del Rio said, according to ESPN.

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Phil Dawson connected on both extra-point attempts and added a 28-yard field goal, but Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski missed on a 51-yard field goal attempt in the first quarter that was partially blocked by Cardinals defensive tackle Josh Mauro.

Raiders quarterback E.J. Manuel said Lynch's decision was "more of a personal thing" for him but said the team supports him.

He would like to have played more than one series.

NO CARR: Carr had been expected to see his first action since breaking his right leg in a game last Christmas Eve, but Del Rio chose to have his starter sit out the opener.

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.

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