Brian Franey ESPN Producer
The NFL is expecting mixed reaction to President Trump's comments about the league and protests on Sunday, a senior NFL official has told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio.
"We expect a mixed bag today, on a team-by-team basis," the official said.
"The overall issue had quieted down. This elevated it in a big way," the official said. Only seven of the 32 teams had shown any kind of protest last week, including 14 of 1,696 players on NFL rosters.
That's less than one percent of the players in the league.
The same official confirmed that NFL commissioner Robert Goodell talked to a number of players about their plans, including the Eagles' Malcom Jenkins, who is considered a leader and activist in seeking reform and change.
Trump called for NFL owners to fire players who kneel during the playing of the national anthem. He has also urged fans to boycott games to force the teams to respect the flag and anthem.