Raiders' Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem


Raiders' Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem

Instead, running back Marshawn Lynch will capture headlines around the country on Saturday night, as the Raiders' running back was photographed sitting during the National Anthem.

The 31-year-old chose to sit for the National Anthem on Saturday night during Oakland's exhibition contest against Arizona.

Raiders Coach Jack Del Rio doesn't approve of Lynch's actions, but doesn't plan to take any action to stop him. However, it appears as though the veteran National Football League mind is now on board with whatever it is that his newest offensive weapon decides to do going forward.

"He said, 'This is something I've done for 11 years - it's not a form of anything other than me being myself, ' " Del Rio said in a postgame news conference.

"So that's a non-issue for me", Del Rio said. "You do your thing.' So it's a non-issue for me". Raiders linebackers Bruce Irvin and Malcolm Smith joined in early past year, by standing through the anthem with a raised fist before a game at Tennessee.

Golden helped set up Arizona's second touchdown by hauling in a 26-yard reception in the second quarter. While that may not have been Del Rio's intent, that's a far cry from some of the more supportive rhetoric the 49ers gave Colin Kaepernick when he began his protest.

BACKUP BATTLE: Manuel got the start at quarterback for Oakland and had a strong showing in his battle with Connor Cook for the backup job.

Palmer, who's been on a reduced workload in practice to keep his arm fresh, made his preseason debut a successful one by capping his lone drive with a touchdown pass in a 20-10 win over the Raiders. Cornerback Gareon Conley, the first-round pick, and the second rounder, safety Obi Melifonwu, are nursing injuries. That was very tough to see.