Raiders RB Lynch sits during national anthem

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Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said he spoke with Lynch after the game and was not aware that he planned to sit.

Before Lynch and the Raiders faced the Arizona Cardinals in preseason action on Saturday night, Lynch took a seat for the national anthem.

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The first to share the image of Lynch sitting during the anthem was professional photographer Mark J. Rebilas, who also tagged USA TODAY Sports in his Twitter post.

A number of NFL players sat or took a knee during the national anthem throughout the 2016 NFL season, including former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who kneeled throughout the season to protest racism and police brutality against minorities in the United States. "I said 15 plays you're done", he told him. Lynch has not spoken to the media at this time, so it's unclear if his statement and the incident are directly related.

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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.

"On Marshawn, talked to Marshawn trying to make sure we're on the same page", Del Rio said. Manuel said the team supports Lynch, adding the decision was "more of a personal thing" for him.

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Kaepernick remains an unsigned free agent.

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