NEW YORK — NFL players and owners held an unusual meeting Tuesday to discuss social issues, a session both sides termed positive and productive.

What was not discussed at any length was the divisive topic of the national anthem that has caught the attention of President Trump.

“We spent today talking about issues the players are trying to bring attention to,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “That was the entire focus.”

Asked if the players committed to standing during the anthem, Goodell responded: “We did not ask for that.”

A group of 11 owners and more than a dozen players met for more than two hours at the league’s headquarters. Among the topics discussed was enhancing the players’ platforms for speaking out on social issues.

“We heard what they had to say and they heard us,” said the Miami owner, Stephen Ross. “It’s open talks and that’s a good thing.”

The NFL’s policy on the national anthem didn’t arise. That policy states that players “should” stand for the anthem, and some have suggested the league would seek to change that to “must” stand. Goodell said in a memo to teams last week that the NFL prefers players stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

“Very little of the meeting was about the actual anthem,” Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said. “We were really more talking about solutions and how we get results we want to get.”

Ross called the session “constructive,” and Colts defensive back Darius Butler termed it “positive.”

Goodell spoke briefly before heading to further league meetings.

He emphasized a commitment on the part of the players and the NFL “to work together on issues of social justice.”

“Our players are men of great character,” he added. “They have a deep understanding and knowledge of the issues going on in our communities. This is something our owners said we want to support you in.”

Butler, who played Monday night in Nashville, Tennessee, before attending the meeting hours later, said that both sides are headed in the right direction.

On hand at the meeting were Goodell and the league’s football operations chief, former player Troy Vincent; and owners Michael Bidwill (Arizona), Arthur Blank (Atlanta), Terry Pegula (Buffalo), Robert McNair (Houston), Shad Khan (Jacksonville), Ross, Robert Kraft (New England), John Mara (New York Giants), Art Rooney (Pittsburgh), Jeffrey Lurie (Philadelphia) and Jed York (San Francisco).

Representing the players were the NFLPA executive director, DeMaurice Smith, union president Eric Winston, former player Anquan Boldin, and current players Butler (Indianapolis), Russell Okung (Los Angeles Chargers), Kenny Stills, Julius Thomas and Michael Thomas (Miami), Mark Herzlich (New York Giants), Kelvin Beachum and Demario Davis (New York Jets), Jenkins and Chris Long (Philadelphia), Eric Reid (San Francisco) and Josh Norman (Washington).