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Will Brady face Steelers in Week 1 after all?

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Will Brady face Steelers in Week 1 after all?

Tom Brady pleaded his case directly to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday, with a hearing to appeal his four-game suspension for the DeflateGate scandal lasting more than 10 hours.

There's no word on when Goodell will rule on the appeal, and if the penalty stands, Brady would miss the first four games of the season, including the highly-anticipated, nationally-televised Week 1 opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Or would he?

As the league awaits Goodell's ruling, speculation is growing that Brady could indeed be in uniform in Week 1 -- thanks to an assist from the courts.

ESPN's Adam Schefter, speaking on a Boston radio show on Tuesday, said, that Brady "doesn’t believe he did anything wrong. I believe that this is on path to go to the courts. If it goes to the courts, they are questioning the process. ... I think at that point in time he has a chance to have this completely lifted, not serve any games. And if that is the case, why would he not attempt to at least do that?”

Schefter goes on to say that Brady and his legal team could file for a temporary injunction, which could allow Brady to be in uniform for Week 1.

“You file for a temporary injunction so that Brady can end up playing in the opener,” Schefter said. “In talking to people who I have spoken to, and we will see how this plays out, there’s a real chance that Tom Brady will end up playing in the opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.”

On the one hand, that would seemingly help the Ravens by making the Steelers opener that much more difficult. On the other hand, Brady playing in Week 1 would enrage many fans who would perceive that the Patriots quarterback emerged unscathed from the DeflateGate scandal.

Of course, a temporary injunction might be, as indicated by its name, temporary. Any ultimate resolution later could result in a suspension -- or it could drag on through the courts with appeals and more appeals.

But Tom Brady in uniform against the Steelers seems to be a real possibility. 

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.

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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.

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