NFL commissioner, owners held unity meeting about future protests

Giants defensive captain Jonathan Casillas said Thursday that he was invited to a Tuesday night meeting at NFL headquarters where commissioner Roger Goodell, several owners including Giants co-owner John Mara, and other players discussed how best to proceed in a unified and productive manner with the league-wide protests during the national anthem and beyond.

Before Sunday’s Giants - Eagles game, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon and Damon "Snacks" Harrison chose to kneel during the national anthem, while the team locked arms.

Protests were rejuvenated after President Donald Trump referred to those who knelt during the anthem as a “son of a b---h” over the weekend, and added that NFL owners should fire them.

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GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 25: Quarterback Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys dives into the endzone to score on a ten yard rushing touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals during the second quarter of the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 25, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 24: Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants completes a four yard touchdown pass against Jalen Mills #31 of the Philadelphia Eagles on September 24, 2017 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Raheem Mostert #31 of the San Francisco 49ers reacts after a turnover by the Los Angeles Rams during their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on September 21, 2017 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Corey Grant of the Jacksonville Jaguars is tackled Tony Jefferson of the Baltimore Ravens during the NFL International Series match between Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium on September 24, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
Sep 24, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane (20) breaks up a pass intended for Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker (82) during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Sep 24, 2017; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Lance Kendricks (84) celebrates a touchdown after scoring during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Sep 24, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Bruce Ellington (12) makes the catch under pressure from the New England Patriots defense in the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
NFL Football - Jacksonville Jaguars vs Baltimore Ravens - NFL International Series - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - September 24, 2017 Patrick Omameh of the Jacksonville Jaguars kneels during the U.S. national anthem before the match Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Sep 24, 2017; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Lance Kendricks (84) celebrates after catching touchdown pass during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 24: Tom Brady #12 reacts with Chris Hogan #15 of the New England Patriots after a touchdown during the second quarter of a game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on September 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 24: Bilal Powell #29 of the New York Jets jumps into the end zone for a second half touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during an NFL game at MetLife Stadium on September 24, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 24: Mark Ingram #22 of the New Orleans Saints hurdles Daryl Worley #26 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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