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NFL roundup: Ravens to open 2013 season in Denver

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The Baltimore Ravens will begin their Super Bowl title defense on the field where their 2012 season nearly ended, Sports Authority Field at Mile High, according to multiple reports.

The Ravens prevailed 38-35 over the Broncos in double overtime on Jan. 12 in Denver to advance to the AFC Championship Game and then the Super Bowl. A scheduling conflict with the Baltimore Orioles over shared parking prevented the Ravens from hosting the Sept. 5 kickoff game.

The league was to release the 2013 schedule at 8 p.m. ET Thursday.

---Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel will go from protecting Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel to keeping defensive linemen away former No. 1 overall pick Alex Smith in Kansas City, according to a CBSSports report.

The Chiefs have settled on Joeckel at No. 1 overall in next week's NFL Draft, a source told CBSSports' Jason La Canfora. The report said the Chiefs considered Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher, but decided Joeckel was a safer pick.

---The Miami Dolphins received permission from the Kansas City Chiefs to talk contract with offensive left tackle Branden Albert in order to facilitate a trade for a second-round draft choice, a source told ESPN.com.

Albert, who lives in Miami, is expected to visit the Dolphins' facility for a physical in the coming days. His agent, Ron Slavin, can speak only to the Chiefs about a potential deal.

Albert signed his $9.82 million franchise tender for 2013, but skipped the team's voluntary offseason program. The Dolphins will deal one of their two second-round picks to complete a trade.

---The Pittsburgh Steelers signed restricted free agent nose tackle Steve McLendon to a three-year contract.

Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but NFL.com reported that it could be worth as much as $7.5 million. Steelers long-time nose tackle Casey Hampton is an unrestricted free agent who isn't expected to return.
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