The plan going into Saturday's preseason game against the Oakland Raiders was to play the starters roughly 15 plays and no more than one quarter.
Oakland RB Marshawn Lynch is seated during the national anthem at Saturday's Raiders-Cardinals game.
But Lynch, who has in the past voiced support of Kaepernick's stance, said he wasn't doing anything differently than he's done during his 11-year career in the National Football League - it's just that apparently no one ever noticed, or cared to notice, that he didn't stand for "The Star-Spangled Banner".
As PFT's Michael David Smith notes, Lynch at the very least stood for the Anthem before a game they found in 2011, and didn't mention that he'd sat for the Anthem past year when he came out publicly in support of Colin Kaepernick's protests.
"Just so you understand how I feel, I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem but I'm going to respect you as a man. It's not a form of anything other than me being myself, '" Del Rio said, via ESPN.
Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said postgame that he was "surprised" by Lynch's decision.
Lynch's motivations for sitting during the anthem are unclear, but it's possible he was doing so in protest and in an homage to Kaepernick.
Kaepernick began the protests in the preseason a year ago, when he was a member of the San Francisco 49ers. "I think he cares about some real, legitimate issues that have to be talked about".
Lynch has not been the most talkative player in front of cameras and recorders, so it remains to be seen whether he will shed any light on his actions Saturday night. Raiders linebackers Bruce Irvin and Malcolm Smith joined in early previous year, by standing through the anthem with a raised fist before a game at Tennessee.
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