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Football fans in Baltimore won't have to choose between attending the Ravens' preseason opener and watching Michael Phelps race on Thursday night.

The Ravens want them to do both.

When Baltimore plays host to Carolina on Thursday night, it could conflict with Phelps racing in the 200-meter individual medley final (assuming he qualifies).

Phelps is from the Baltimore area, and the team says he's a long-time Ravens fan. He's been honored by the team after his past Olympic excursions as well.