Jeremy Lane intends to sit in protest through the national anthem before Seahawks regular-season games, too.
Speaking without elaboration at his locker inside team headquarters, the veteran defensive back said Monday he will sit on the Seahawks’ bench again during the anthem prior to Sunday’s season opener, to continue his protest of racial inequality in our country.
Lane said following Monday’s practice he will repeat what he did last week in Oakland before the preseason finale: follow the lead of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in sitting rather than standing — as others inside CenturyLink Field will do Sunday during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Lane said he is planning on continuing to sit — and not kneel, as Kaepernick and a 49ers teammate did last week before San Francisco’s preseason finale at San Diego.
So Lane’s protest may continue beyond Sunday to include Seattle’s Sept. 18 game at Los Angeles. And beyond.
He said Kaepernick “reached out to me” after he sat in Oakland.
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Lane’s coach and teammates are supporting him.
“It’s his right to be able to protest, and I think it’s all right,” always-opinionated Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett said. “There’s definitely some issues in America that a lot of people are starting to recognize. …
“I think it’s cool that Jeremy Lane is doing what he wants to do. Obviously, there’s so much going on right now in America. Football’s just a small part of what we do. At the end of the day, we’ll be football players for 12 years or 10 years or whatever it is, but ... we’re still minorities and black men in America.”
Lane acknowledged the reactions of home fans in Seattle may be different — and not all good — compared to the fans in Oakland last Thursday. Most there didn’t notice he was sitting.
“Could be, could be,” Lane said of it being a different reaction in Seattle. “We’ll see.”
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said last week he thinks multiple teammates have talked about sitting during the anthem to protest our country’s race relations. But Lane said he’s not sure if any Seahawks will join him Sunday in his statement.
“I don’t know,” Lane said. “I don’t want to put pressure on no one. I’m doing it for me.”
After the exhibition against the Raiders, coach Pete Carroll said he was supporting Lane’s individuality and right to express his views.
Lane said his teammates are standing behind him, as well.
“No one has given me any problem about it, so obviously yes,” Lane said.
He added he hasn’t heard directly from fans.
Lane turned 26 this month. He is from Tyler, Texas, an hour and a half east of Dallas — where a gunman killed policemen this summer at a demonstration against police shootings of minorities around the country.
Kaepernick announced last week his intent to give $1 million of his 2016 football earnings to charities dedicated to the issues he is spotlighting. He is scheduled to earn $11.9 million in base salary from the 49ers this year.
While acknowledging he doesn’t make Kaepernick money, Lane said he hasn’t considered donating similarly. At least not yet.
“No, I haven’t thought about that,” he said. “Not saying I won’t, but I haven’t thought about that.”
DON’T EXPECT JIMMY GRAHAM FOR OPENER
That’s what Carroll said following another full-go practice for the tight end.
“We’re going one day at a time with the thought that he’s going to play. That’s our thought. We’ll find out how that works out with no goal in mind at this point. Really, we’re just going to do it and see what that means,” Carroll said of his star that ruptured the patellar tendon in his knee Nov. 29. “He’s doing that so he practices at his highest level, and he’s really pushing it so we can see.
“We’ll see what that means at the end of the week, and we’ll just take it one day at a time and then one week at a time.
“I have no expectations that he’s going to play this week. I’m not counting on that happening. I’m just counting on him coming out and having a really good day Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. And then we’ll see what happens from there.”
FULLBACK ARRIVES AFTER TRADE VOIDED
Tani Tupou, a defensive lineman last season for the University of Washington, re-signed Monday two days after the Seahawks had waived him. Seattle initially signed the 284-pound Tupou in May.
He goes on the 53-man roster to fill the role of fullback that became vacant Saturday when Seattle released veteran Will Tukuafu.
Tupou’s re-signing fills the roster spot left open when L.J. McCray, a safety for whom they had traded with San Francisco on Sunday, failed his physical exam. That voided the trade. McCray is coming off a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. He goes back to the 49ers.
And Tupou is on the Seahawks. For now.
Tukuafu could be back next week. As a vested veteran, his entire salary is guaranteed if he is on the roster for Week 1. So Seattle could bring back Tukuafu after this week on a pay-to-play basis.
Asked about the decision to release Tukuafu, Carroll hinted next week could be different.
“Yeah, he didn’t make it this week,” the coach said.
PRACTICE SQUAD ANNOUNCED
The Seahawks named eight players to their practice squad, two fewer than the league maximum: rookie seventh-round pick Kenny Lawler and fellow wide receiver Kasen Williams from UW, linebacker Kache Palacio from Washington State, wide receiver Marcus Lucas, linebacker Jordan Tripp, defensive end Tylor Harris, guard Will Pericak and wide receiver Rodney Smith.
Look for defensive tackle Justin Hamilton, waived Saturday, to be added to the practice squad this week.
The Seahawks waived from injured reserve defensive ends David Perkins and Josh Shirley, the latter a former Husky. … Early weather forecast for Sunday’s opener in Seattle: sunny, 67 degrees.