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The 2006 season likely will start in Pittsburgh on Sept. 7, keeping with a recent trend of beginning the schedule with the Super Bowl champion.

The NFL also is considering an ESPN doubleheader for the opening Monday night Sept. 11, one beginning at 6 and the second at 9, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. He added that the league is still open to a game overseas, perhaps in London's Wembley Stadium.

SEAHAWK GETS CONTINUANCE: A judge granted a six-week continuance to Seahawks offensive tackle Sean Locklear, charged in an assault on his girlfriend. Seattle Municipal Court Judge Ron Mamiya set March 27 as Locklear's next court date. He was charged with assault after witnesses said Locklear grabbed the woman around her neck outside a Seattle bar.

Times staff writer Frank Pastor contributed to this report.

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