It was announced last month that the Baltimore Ravens would, contrary to recent tradition for defending Super Bowl champions, open the 2013 season on the road. And it looks like that road matchup could be a juicy one.The Denver Post, citing sources, reported there is a strong possibility the Ravens will open the upcoming season against Peyton Manning and the Broncos in Denver. Baltimore upset the heavily favored Broncos in double overtime in a January divisional playoff game in Denver.The NFL typically awards the defending Super Bowl champions with the league’s first regular-season game the next season, at home, on Thursday night. However, a parking-space conflict with the Baltimore Orioles is forcing the Ravens to open on the road.Courtroom dramaThe two legal teams, the one for the NFL and the one for the retired players suing the league for negligence and fraud, were stacked with top talent, including litigators who have argued in front of the Supreme Court.But in a twist, the NFL, the $9.5 billion league that often gets its way, was outmanned and perhaps outgunned.In U.S. District Court in Philadelphia on Tuesday, the league had five lawyers who argued that the case should be dismissed because the players agreed to a collective bargaining agreement and therefore an arbitrator, not a judge, should hear their cases.On the other side of the aisle, packed into a steamy courtroom and an overflowing gallery, were dozens of lawyers representing the more than 4,000 former players and their relatives who claim that the league knew about the long-term dangers of head trauma but hid them.In a case filled with hyperbole, bombast and bitterness, the judge who heard the NFL’s request, Anita B. Brody, tried to put the two sides at ease.“Please take off your ties and jackets,” she told the courtroom on an unseasonably warm day. “I don’t want anyone fainting.”No one appeared to faint, although that might change after the judge determines how much of the case remains in court, a decision that is expected by summer.Brody could throw out the entire case or let parts of it proceed, although appeals are likely to slow the pace. Even without appeals, discovery could take years. The judge could also ask the plaintiffs to pick several cases to be tried as tests.In the fast-moving, 45-minute hearing, Brody gave no strong hint how she would rule, although she repeatedly prodded Paul Clement, the NFL’s lawyer, to provide specific reasons the league’s motion should be granted.At one point Clement admitted that the league’s argument that player safety is governed by labor contracts would be harder to make for players who never signed a collective bargaining agreement.“No question about that,” the judge added.Sensitive subjectA person familiar with talks in a private meeting with New York officials says the NFL agreed to further review its policies to avoid discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the official wasn’t authorized to disclose details of the meeting.NFL officials spoke with representatives from New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office Tuesday. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the meeting was “positive and productive” and the league agreed to continue talks, but already is reviewing its policies.Schneiderman’s office released a statement calling the session a “productive initial meeting” and said the NFL is taking the issue seriously.After the NFL Scouting Combine in February, three prospective draft picks said officials asked questions relating to their sexual orientation, which could have violated law. The NFL said it found no “specific violations.”Briefly• Steelers: Coach Mike Tomlin has been named to the NFL’s competition committee, which recommends rules and policy changes to the league. Tomlin replaces former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt.• Seahawks: QB Brady Quinn agreed to a deal with Seattle to back up Russell Wilson. Matt Leinart, Seneca Wallace and Tyler Thigpen also worked out for the Seahawks on Monday but were beaten out by Quinn.• Buccaneers: CB Eric Wright agreed to a restructured deal that will drastically reduce his pay. The NFL Network reported that the deal will pay Wright at least $1.5 million and as much as $3 million next season. Wright had been guaranteed $7.75 million in 2013, but the deal was voided when he was slapped with a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.• Raiders: In addition to the signing of former Cowboys CB Mike Jenkins, Oakland agreed to deals with free agent S Usama Young and re-signed DE Andre Carter and CB Joselio Hanson.• Texans: OT Ryan Harris, an unrestricted free agent who played in every game for Houston last season, re-signed.• Jets: S Dawan Landry is joining New York, replacing his younger brother LaRon Landry, who signed with the Colts last month.• Dolphins: The team said it has reached an agreement with the Miam-Dade county mayor to hold a referendum on a plan to use hotel taxes to help pay for a nearly $400 million upgrade to the team’s stadium. The vote will be held in May.