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There were reports that something would be done by players on the team before Sunday's game against the Seahawks.

McNair's comments were revealed in an ESPN The Magazine feature story published on Friday that gave an inside account of the NFL's prolonged struggles with their response to national anthem protests.

The entire team took the field about 10 minutes before kickoff.

Six players visibly protested at the game between the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles, The Associated Press reported, and San Diego Chargers offensive tackle Russell Okung raised a fist during the anthem before a game in MA. But they ultimately chose to sit or kneel during the anthem.

Referring to players as "inmates" was a particularly controversial moment for McNair, given the context of the protests.

On Friday, word got out that McNair likened his players to inmates who didn't need to be running the prison when he was asked about National Football League protests.

He has since issued a public apology and has met with his team. I told them if I had it to do over again I wouldn't use that expression'.

Several players publicly came out against the owner's comments, including veteran Duane Brown.

McNair (left and right) has since apologized for the comments, but the NFL is dealing with a second headache because of them after controversy surrounding the national anthem seemed to be dying down.

Only 10 players stood, the rest taking a knee prior to the anthem before kickoff.

A Texans offensive starter told ESPN that the team would meet Saturday night "to discuss a demonstration tomorrow". A league spokesman had said earlier this week that Kaepernick was expected to be invited to the next meeting between NFL players and owners.