ESPN reported that players considered remaining in the locker room or even taking the Texans decal off their helmets, though they did neither. McNair, during the players-owners meeting, was trying to implore his fellow owners that they should not allow the players to protest the anthem, in the process risking some owner money and fan popularity.
The Texans had indicated there would be some type of protest following comments by owner Bob McNair.
McNair issued an apology on Saturday, essentially stating that he's bad at metaphors.
Members of the Houston Texans stand and kneel before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on October 29, 2017 in Seattle, Washington.
McNair apologized for his comment on Friday, saying, "I regret that I used that expression".
"As I said yesterday, I was not referring to our players when I made a very regretful comment during the owners meetings last week".
One of those was African-American NFL vice president/football operations Troy Vincent, a former player, who told the owners that during his playing career he had been called many names, including the N-word, but "never felt like an inmate". Many players held hands.
It is the first time this year that any Texans players have demonstrated during the anthem, beyond when the team stood with linked arms during Week 3.
About ten players stood with their hands over their hearts, according to The Houston Chronicle.