Marshawn Lynch follows Kaepernick's lead and sits out national anthem

Marshawn Lynch's former coach would expect him to discuss sitting for national anthem with team

Marshawn Lynch's former coach would expect him to discuss sitting for national anthem with team

Marshawn Lynch, the ex-Seattle running back who came out of retirement to sign with Oakland, sat during the national anthem before the Raiders' preseason opener against the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night.

Marshawn Lynch didn't play Saturday night, but he did make a statement in his return to an National Football League game field. "He said, 'This is something I've done for 11 years".

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick remains a free agent after notably sitting during the national anthem last season. His locker was cleared by the time media was granted access to the locker room, multiple reporters said.

Along those same lines, Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio also didn't take issues with Lynch's actions, which is being seen as an overall approval by the Raiders as an organization. "I said, 'So you understand how I feel. It's not a form of anything other than me being myself, '" Del Rio said, via ESPN.

The Arizona Cardinals are in the midst of a longer preseason after their first appearance on the field in the Hall of Fame Game but didn't get the start they had hoped for in their 20-18 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. 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.

Lynch didn't play in the game at University of Phoenix Stadium.

"Obviously, we all support Marshawn because he's part of our team, but I think that is more of a personal thing", Manuel said. I didn't get that chance.

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