Seahawks DE Michael Bennett stays on bench for national anthem

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CARSON, Calif. — Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett sat with a towel over his head during the national anthem on Sunday before his team took on the Los Angeles Chargers in the preseason opener for both teams at the StubHub Center.

Bennett’s action came a day after his former teammate, running back Marshawn Lynch, did something similar before the Oakland Raiders’ exhibition opener on the road Saturday against the Arizona Cardinals.

Bennett has been vocal in expressing his opinions on social issues over the past year. He spent time with Colin Kaepernick during the offseason and wore a T-shirt supporting Kaepernick’s “Know Your Rights” camp during a spring news conference.

Raiders’ Lynch remains seated during anthem

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch remained seated during the national anthem prior to the team’s preseason opener against the Cardinals.

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