Lynch sits dur­ing an­them in Raiders loss in Arizona

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Mar­shawn Lynch made the big­gest news of what oth­er­wise was a rou­tine pre­sea­son NFL game by sit­ting dur­ing the na­tional an­them prior to the Oak­land Raiders’ 20-10 loss to the Arizona Car­di­nals on Satur­day night.

The ex-Seat­tle run­ning back, who came out of re­tire­ment to sign with his home­town Raiders, sat on an or­ange cooler with his arms rest­ing on his knees, while oth­ers around him stood. Al­though he rarely talks to the me­dia, Lynch has voiced sup­port for quar­ter­back Colin Kaeper­nick’s de­ci­sion to kneel dur­ing the an­them last season to protest what he saw as a pat­tern of po­lice mis­treat­ment of peo­ple of color. Lynch did not play in the game.

Car­son Palmer threw a 12-yard touch­down pass to Brit­tan Golden to cap his brief pre­sea­son de­but while Oak­land quar­ter­back Derek Carr watched the game from the side­line. Palmer, at age 37 be­gin­ning his 15th NFL season, di­rected Arizona on a 12-play, 70-yard touch­down drive to start the game. It looked as if the Car­di­nals were headed for a short field goal, but the Raiders were called for cov­er­ing the snap­per on the kick, giv­ing Arizona a first down and set­ting up its open­ing TD.

David John­son had a 10-yard run in the open­ing drive. The stand­out run­ning back car­ried three times for 16 yards be­fore call­ing it a night. Two of the Raiders’ top de­fen­sive play­ers, All-Pro de­fen­sive end Khalil Mack and line­backer Bruce Irvin, joined Carr and Lynch as spec­ta­tors.

While it was the pre­sea­son opener for Oak­land, it was Arizona’s se­cond out­ing. The Car­di­nals starters did not play in the team’s 2018 loss to Dal­las in the Hall of Fame Game.

NO CARR

Carr had been ex­pected to see his first ac­tion since breaking his right leg in a game last Christ­mas Eve, but coach Jack Del Rio chose to have his starter sit the opener out.

BACKUP BAT­TLE

E.J. Manuel got the start at quar­ter­back for Oak­land and had a strong show­ing in his bat­tle with Con­nor Cook for the backup job. Manuel com­pleted 10 of 12 passes for 107 yards.

Cook played the en­tire se­cond half, com­plet­ing 10 of 21 for 81 yards NO RUST: Palmer showed lit­tle sign of rust after a very light week of work­outs. He hadn’t thrown a pass in prac­tice since Tues­day, tak­ing Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day’s work­outs off.

CAR­DI­NALS QBs

Drew Stan­ton, who ap­pears to have a firm hold on the backup quar­ter­back job de­spite the ad­di­tion of Blaine Gab­bert, had a strong first half in re­lief of Palmer. Stan­ton, Palmer’s backup for the past four sea­sons, com­pleted 11 of 15 passes for 112 yards, in­clud­ing a 7-yard TD pass to tight end Troy Nik­las. Gab­bert played most of the se­cond half, com­plet­ing 5 of 9 passes for 53 yards. Nei­ther of Oak­land’s two top draft picks played. Cor­ner­back Gareon Con­ley, the first-round pick, and the se­cond rounder, safety Obi Meli­fonwu, are nurs­ing in­juries. Arizona wide re­ceiver John Brown, slowed by a quadri­ceps is­sue, did not play.

The only mem­bers of Oak­land’s first team of­fense to play were tack­les Mar­shall Ne­w­house and Vadal Alexan­der.

GLEN­DALE: Oak­land Raiders run­ning back DeAn­dre Wash­ing­ton (33) is tack­led by Arizona Car­di­nals cor­ner­back Justin Bethel dur­ing the first half of an NFL pre­sea­son foot­ball game, Satur­day, in Glen­dale, Ariz. —AP

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