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Carr and Mack: Hand on shoulder during anthem wasn’t a protest

As Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat again for the national anthem, quarterback Derek Carr stood with a hand on linebacker Khalil Mack. After the game, Carr made it clear that he and Mack weren’t engaged in any form of protest. “We wanted to show them that it’s OK for a white kid and a [more]

Sean Smith starts for Raiders

There was some uncertainty whether cornerback Sean Smith would play for the Raiders on Saturday night. He not only played but started as the Raiders opened in the nickel. Smith lined up opposite David Amerson as T.J. Carrie served as the slot corner, according to Michael Gehlken‏ of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Smith had two [more]

Marshawn Lynch sits again for national anthem

The national anthem started Saturday night, and Marshawn Lynch was not standing. The Raiders running back, who made his preseason debut in his hometown, sat by the Gatorade coolers with no one near him. He stood up to adjust his jersey as the last note faded, according to Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle. [more]

Sean Smith charged with felony assault

Suddenly, the possibility of losing his job in the Oakland starting lineup is the least of Sean Smith‘s concerns. Via A.J. Perez of USA Today, Smith has been charged with felony assault and felony battery with serious bodily injury. He allegedly “beat and then stomped” the head of his sister’s boyfriend on July 4. Smith [more]

Marshawn Lynch: My body feels pretty good considering the layoff

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch had a session with reporters on Thursday that featured questions about a few topics, including Lynch’s decision to sit during the national anthem before last weekend’s preseason game. Lynch didn’t divulge the reasons why he sat or talk about the anthem at all in response to those questions, but was [more]

Marshawn Lynch addresses media, says nothing about national anthem

When Colin Kaepernick sat out the national anthem last year, he spoke repeatedly about his reasons for doing so. Marshawn Lynch is taking a different approach. Lynch, the Raiders running back who sat out the anthem last week before his first game back from a one-year retirement, addressed reporters today but said nothing about his [more]

Mike Tice finds something beneficial about Donald Penn’s holdout

The Raiders don’t have left tackle Donald Penn practicing with the team and there’s no sign that his decision to hold out in hopes of landing a new contract is coming to an end soon, which would seem to be the sort of thing that would be hard for offensive line coach Mike Tice to [more]

Raiders’ Justin Ellis hopeful trimmed weight boosts production

Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Justin Ellis was a force during the team’s preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals last week. The fourth-year pro out of Louisiana Tech recorded three tackles, one for loss, and forced a fumble in just 14 defensive snaps. According to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle, Ellis is down about [more]

Vegas casinos say Raiders drawing most bets to win Super Bowl

The Raiders won’t be moving to Las Vegas for a while, but they are already having an impact on the biggest local industry. Several casino sportsbooks in Vegas say that the Raiders have been drawing the most action of any team when it comes to bets to win the Super Bowl. David Purdum of [more]

Doug Baldwin: Fans wear hats, cuss, yell at players during anthem

During a Tuesday press conference that produced many thoughtful and intelligent observations from Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin, Baldwin raised a point that often gets lost in the anger that gets directed to players who don’t stand silently at attention during the national anthem: Plenty of the fans chastising players who choose not to stand at [more]

Amari Cooper, Khalil Mack return to practice

The Raiders got key players from both sides of the ball back on the practice field Tuesday. Wide receiver Amari Cooper missed six straight practices due to a leg injury, but multiple reports from Raiders practice are that he’s working alongside his teammates for the first time in over a week. The injury kept him [more]

Hue Jackson respects right to protest, but doesn’t want to see it on his team

It may be too soon to call it a wave of new NFL player protests during the national anthem, with Michael Bennett and Marshawn Lynch joining some of last year’s employed holdovers. But Browns coach Hue Jackson doesn’t want the ripples washing ashore on Lake Erie. Via Dan Labbe of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Jackson [more]

Chargers providing free tattoos on Tuesday

If you’re willing to permanently alter your flesh with the colors and logos of the L.A. Chargers, the L.A. Chargers are willing to pay for it. For a 12-hour window on Tuesday. Via Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, the Chargers will pay for anyone who chooses one of various available Chargers tattoos (hopefully [more]

Goodell urges understanding of anthem protesters

The NFL has no rule requiring players to stand for the national anthem. As a result, the NFL can do nothing to discipline players who chose not to stand. On Monday, Commissioner Roger Goodell faced questions about the protests during a fan forum organized by the Cardinals. “We have to understand there are people with [more]

Patriots holding nearly twice as many players out of games as rest of league

The Patriots have long been proponents of joint workouts with other teams in training camp. And Patriots coach Bill Belichick may be using those snaps to take the place of evaluation he’d otherwise need a preseason game for. According to Mike Reiss of, the Patriots held 40 of their 90 players out of their [more]

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