If you thought the NFL's players were going to go quietly into the night, then you haven't been paying attention.


Players kneeling or otherwise protesting during the National Anthem remains a controversial topic across the football landscape this season. But those efforts would instantly fall into doubt if the owners get their way during a scheduled meeting this week to discuss banning anthem protests entirely.


No matter what the ruling is, the players won't be staying quiet. And if they're mandated to stand, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is certain that the league will have big problems on its hands.

Numerous NFL players have taken knee or raised a fist during the National Anthem as a means of bringing attention to our country's social injustices. If the league moves to outlaw these actions, the current impasse could grow even deeper.


In the meantime, there's still a chance that both parties find common ground before that potential decision is final:

This is absolutely how it should be. Instead of drawing a line in the sand between owners and players, the two sides should be working together. And up to this point, there's been every indication that the players are willing to listen.


Now, it's on the owners to do the same.