The NFL Players Association filed a grievance challenging the league's new anthem policy.
The policy requires players to stand during the National Anthem or remain in the locker room until the anthem is over. The union claims it is "inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and infringes on player rights."
Tulane University Sports Law Associate Professor Gabe Feldman says the new policy should have been discussed with players in advance.
"What the players have argued that the policy has been to allow them to kneel during the anthem and that the NFL explicitly told them that players would be allowed to stand during the anthem," Feldman said.
Most football fans having lunch at L'il Dizzy's in Treme on Wednesday said they support the players.
"I believe the players should have a say in the policy," Dale Sanders said. "Number one, it's effecting them and not only them, but it effects the team."
"They are part of the NFL," Dawn Barthe said. "The owner don't always have the say-so with everything."
Fans also discussed the protests during the anthem.
"You cannot live in a country that promotes freedom of speech and then be selective as to when that freedom is allowed,"Samuel Blakes said.
One fan told WWL-TV, he's tired of hearing about the protests.
"I think it's just time to let it go," Gregory Coleman said. "It's time to play football."
Feldman said the hope is that players and owners will sit down and negotiate a policy together.
"These things tend to get dragged out," Feldman said. "Obviously, it's in everybody's best interest to have it decided before the first preseason game because we're going to want to know what players can and can't do when that anthem is played during that first game."
The protests started two seasons ago when quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the anthem to draw awareness to issues of social inequality against minorities.
The NFL has not commented on the union's action.