Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Raiders' Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem before game vs. Cardinals

Raiders' Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem before game vs. Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals had several bright spots in their 20-10 preseason victory over the Oakland Raiders.

In his first game back since the 2015 season, Lynch was dressed in uniform but did not play. Lynch has not spoken to the media at this time, so it's unclear if his statement and the incident are directly related. That one time was during the offseason program. Carr is healthy again, but head coach Jack Del Rio was uncertain earlier this week if he would play versus the Cardinals. "It's not a form of anything other than me being myself, '" Del Rio said, via ESPN. "You do your thing, and we'll do ours.' So that's a non-issue for me". The Raiders rolled out E.J. Manuel at quarterback to start the game.

Lynch was not in the National Football League during Colin Kaepernick's kneeling protest against racism and police brutality last season. "There were several guys that didn't play and that was one of them". "So, I mean, my take on it is [expletive]'s got to start somewhere, and if that was the starting point - I just hope people open up their eyes to see there's really a problem going on, and something needs to be done for it to stop".

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Oakland's proposed No. 1 cornerback was then asked to remain in the game for the entirety of the first half, but after switching to his native outside CB role. I've still got a lot of work to do, especially in pass-blocking and things like that. Only when the second-teamers went out there did the Raiders get after the Cardinals' third-string quarterback Blaine Gabbert.

Connor Cook was 10 of 21 for 82 yards, with his longest pass of 29 yards coming on a screen play that John Crockett turned into a big gain.

So when Arians told Palmer his night was over after the QB led Arizona on a 14-play drive that covered 70 yards and resulted in a touchdown with 8 minutes, 24 seconds left in the first quarter, Palmer wasn't pleased. Depth in its defense will show here, slowing down a Raiders offense that will play primarily backups and players on the outside looking in when roster cutdowns happen.

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JUST WATCHING: Neither of Oakland's two top draft picks played.

OFFENSE RESTS: The only members of Oakland's first-team offense to play were tackles Marshall Newhouse and Vadal Alexander.

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