Marshawn Lynch photographed sitting during National Anthem

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But I'm going to respect you as a man, you do your thing.

Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio didn't know he was going to do that.

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.

Another season, another controversy surrounding the national anthem.

Lynch has spoken to the media just once since coming out retirement and joining the Raiders after a trade with the Seattle Seahawks last spring.

Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 and kicker Giorgio Tavecchio #2 of the Oakland Raiders kneel on the sidelines during the first half of the National Football League game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona.


"(Lynch) said, 'This is something I've done for 11 years. "You do your thing, and we'll do ours.' So that's a non-issue for me".

Phil Dawson connected on both extra-point attempts and added a 28-yard field goal, but Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski missed on a 51-yard field goal attempt in the first quarter that was partially blocked by Cardinals defensive tackle Josh Mauro.

Arians said quarterbacks coach Byron Leftwich "did a really nice job" calling plays for the first time, and the way the Cardinals' offense did reflected that, especially early.

Del Rio told reporters he did not believe Lynch sitting would be a distraction.

For live cut-ins of the game, tune into the NFL Network on your local cable system and follow www.raiders.com for the latest news and information. Raiders linebackers Bruce Irvin and Malcolm Smith joined in early past year, by standing through the anthem with a raised fist before a game at Tennessee.

"It was my decision", Del Rio said.

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