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[September 23, 2016]  Sept 22 (The Sports Xchange) - San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is featured on the latest cover of Time magazine after generating headlines and controversy with his actions during the U.S. national anthem.

On Thursday, Time tweeted its cover for its upcoming edition. It shows Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem, as he has done in the past two regular-season games in protest of racial inequality in the United States.

The headline on the cover reads, "The Perilous Fight," and the subhead reads, "National anthem protests led by Colin Kaepernick are fueling a debate about privilege, pride and patriotism."

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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Corey Coleman will be out 4-6 weeks with a fractured hand.

Coleman participated in Wednesday's practice but visited a hand specialist following an X-ray, which revealed a non-displaced fracture.

Coleman, the Browns' first-round pick selected 15th overall in April, caught a pass in practice and, when someone landed on his hand, he was injured.

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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson underwent knee surgery and will begin rehabbing immediately. Whether the 31-year-old returns to the Minnesota roster ever again is unclear.

The Vikings announced that Peterson, diagnosed with a torn meniscus and lateral collateral ligament, had surgery in Minneapolis four days after leaving the team's win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday with the injury.

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Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd had arthroscopic surgery to clean out cartilage in his right knee.

The 25-year-old will miss Sunday's game at the Carolina Panthers (1 p.m. ET) and likely a few more after that. Floyd sat out four games last season after having cartilage removed from his knee last October.

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Washington Redskins veteran wide receiver DeSean Jackson returned to the practice field, one day removed from sitting out practice with foot and ankle injuries.

Jackson was listed as a limited participant for the Redskins (0-2), and his status for Sunday's game against the New York Giants remains uncertain.

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Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery missed practice as he nurses a knee injury.

Jeffery was listed as a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, and the 26-year-old's absence the following day calls into question his availability for the Bears (0-2) in their road game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

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Quarterback Matt Barkley was added to the 53-man roster of the Chicago Bears, who anticipate starter Jay Cutler being sidelined for multiple games with a sprained thumb.

Barkley's promotion from the practice squad signals Cutler is not likely to play and might not travel to Dallas for Sunday night's game against the Cowboys, where the 0-2 Bears will start journeyman Brian Hoyer.

Linebacker Lamarr Houston was placed on injured reserve with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Houston suffered the same season-ending injury in 2014.

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Five days after leaving MetLife Stadium in an ambulance with neck and head trauma that rendered him unconscious, cornerback P.J. Williams was placed on injured reserve by the New Orleans Saints.

Williams was diagnosed with a concussion and entered the NFL's mandated head injury protocol on Monday. But Saints head coach Sean Payton said it was an easy decision to put one of his starting cornerbacks on injured reserve.

Williams gained complete feeling in his extremities while hospitalized.

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New York Jets veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall remained a spectator at practice as he nurses a knee injury.

Marshall sustained the injury in New York's 37-31 victory over the AFC East-rival Buffalo Bills last Thursday. The 32-year-old's absence raises doubt about his availability for the Jets game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

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