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of the season Donnie Shell Jersey , as has become tradition. But they won’t have to wait long for their first prime time appearance.According to multiple reports, the Patriots will host the Steelers in the NBC’s opener on Sept. 8. The full schedule will be announced tonight at 8 p.m.The league is opening its 100th season with its oldest rivalry — Packers-Bears — in the Thursday debut, so putting the defending champions in the spotlight game of the week makes sense.It should also provide a compelling look at two of the long-standing powers who have undergone dramatic makeovers this offseason.Between the Steelers parting ways with both Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell, and the Patriots losing Rob Gronkowski to retirement Rod Woodson Jersey , both teams have significant work to do to keep their offenses performing at traditional levels.But they’re also two of the most consistently successful teams in the league, who have stayed that way through many such changes, making it an interesting way to kick off the season for NBC. Raiders receiver Antonio Brown has settled a lawsuit arising from allegations that he threw furniture from a balcony at a Miami apartment building, endangering a toddler and his grandfather. Does that settlement expose Brown to scrutiny under the Personal Conduct Policy?The league has not responded to multiple email messages on that point.Last October Mike Wagner Jersey , the NFL acknowledged that it is monitoring multiple lawsuits that were pending at the time against Brown, including the litigation arising from the alleged furniture throwing. Even though Brown was never arrested or charged with any crime, the Personal Conduct Policy arguably is broad enough to encompass this specific situation.The Personal Conduct Policy generally covers behavior that is “illegal, violent Rocky Bleier Jersey , dangerous, or irresponsible puts innocent victims at risk,” and it specifically applies to “[c]onduct that poses a genuine danger to the safety and well-being of another person.”Although the settlement surely includes a provision pursuant to which Brown denies any wrongdoing (most if not all civil settlements include that language), the mere fact that Brown agreed to resolve the case becomes an acknowledgment that the claims had at least a shred of merit Joe Gilliam Jersey , which seems to justify an investigation by the league, and possibly the imposition of discipline.Whether the league should be engaging in such investigations and impose discipline under such circumstances is a different question from whether, under the plain terms of the Personal Conduct Policy, discipline is warranted. That said Terry Bradshaw Jersey , the NFL found a way last year to look the other way when Giants quarterback Eli Manning settled a lawsuit for civil fraud — which is different from criminal fraud only in that a prosecutor hasn’t decided to pursue criminal charges. The league routinely investigates and disciplines in the absence of criminal charges, and it’s fair to ask whether the league will adhere to its past practices in this case.