Marshawn Lynch made the biggest news of what otherwise was a routine preseason N.F.L. game by sitting during the national anthem before the Oakland Raiders' 20-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night.
"(Lynch) said, 'This is something I've done for 11 years, it's not a form of anything other than me being myself.' I said, 'So, you understand how I feel.
Lynch was gone from the locker room by the time reporters arrived. Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said postgame that he was "surprised" by Lynch's decision.
Quarterback E.J. Manuel said he didn't know Lynch hadn't stood for the anthem. But I'm going to respect you as a man, you do your thing. Lynch, who was retired for the 2016 season, suited up but didn't take the field against the Arizona Cardinals.
He would like to have played more than one series.
For an easy solution, subscribe to NFL Game Pass to stream the game live or on replay, along with the rest of the preseason action throughout August. I missed a couple. Fans will get a chance to see if their Raiders can return to the success they had last season, before an injury to quarterback to Derek Carr derailed their playoff hopes earlier than expected.