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Strong showing from backup quarterback EJ Manuel in Raiders preseason opener

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Raiders weren’t going to take any chances, so coach Jack Del Rio only used two offensive starters in Saturday night’s preseason opener against the Cardinals. Not only did quarterback Derek Carr, receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree and running back Marshawn Lynch sit this one out, but Lynch sat on the bench during the national anthem.

At press time, a Raiders official could not confirm that Lynch did that under protest.

As for Carr, he wanted to play but the Raiders not only decided against it with left tackle Donald Penn holding out, but Del Rio gave Pro Bowl guard Kelechi Osemele, Pro Bowl center Rodney Hudson and guard Gabe Jackson the night off as well.