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Tight end Jared Cook supports Marshawn Lynch's decision to sit for anthem

Tight end Jared Cook supports Marshawn Lynch's decision to sit for anthem”

"He said, 'This is something I've done for 11 years - it's not a form of anything other than me being myself, ' " Del Rio said in a postgame news conference. I can't tell you it won't happen, but I just know our guys, and I don't think that is where our focus is.

Cook said he has considered an anthem protest in the past and does not rule out doing one this season. "I said, '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".

The popular National Football League player, known for his history of bruising runs and his testy relationship with the media, told Raiders head coach, Jack Del Rio, that the move was not a protest related to the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, according to ESPN.

Cook said he hadn't talked to Lynch about his stance and didn't know what specifically he was protesting. "We hope the things that are going on in the world get ironed out, but I know right now we are doing everything we can to get our football team better". "If there are any questions, I'm always an open door".

Cook, meanwhile, would not rule out joining players who protest the anthem.

"As far as the future goes, I don't know". That was the case with Kaepernick and the 49ers, with teammates naming the quarterback their most inspirational player at season's end.

Safety Obi Melifonwu got back on the field for warmups and a few drills but did little else, and guard/center Jon Feliciano participated in his first full-on practice after being sidelined with a knee injury during organized team activities.

Del Rio said both would be out the remainder of training camp - which is two days - but will likely be out much longer. Other players who have declined to stand for the anthem have been much more open about their reasons, starting with former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, whose protest past year over police brutality and racial oppression made it a major issue in the NFL.

Cory James, who had a solid game against Arizona, continues to hold off free agent acquisition Jelani Jenkins at weak side linebacker.

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