SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers will finally get a chance to hit someone other than themselves when they open the exhibition season on Thursday against the Baltimore Ravens.
Then, after a day off in Baltimore, the 49ers and Ravens will hold three joint practices. These are not scrimmages, coach Jim Harbaugh is quick to point out.
Harbaugh and his brother, Ravens coach John, have already collaborated on the schedule for the practices that will take place Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the Ravens practice facility in Owings Mills, Maryland.
“We got it knocked out,” Jim Harbaugh said. “I think we have a good plan and goals for good work.”
And for Harbaugh, the same rules will apply as if the 49ers are having a typical practice in training camp. Since Friday, Harbaugh booted wide receiver Anquan Boldin (fighting) and cornerback Chris Culliver (unnecessary hit) from practices for being overly physical.
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Boldin tangled Friday with second-year cornerback Darryl Morris. Harbaugh stepped into the fray and the incident escalated to the point that Harbaugh ordered a furious Boldin off the field and back to the locker room. Boldin, who was a key member of the Ravens team that beat the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, is somebody Harbaugh said he does not have to worry about.
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"I always like to think of those as between me and the player and not for public consumption," Harbaugh answered when asked what he said to Boldin. "I mean, Anquan Boldin, there’s no more special practice player in all of football that I’ve ever seen. Special, the way he practices. Special, the way he loves making the tough catch and competing at practice. There’s nobody more special than him when it comes to practicing football.”
Harbaugh intimated he will have no tolerance for any fighting or cheap shots against the 49ers' hosts during the upcoming practices against the Ravens.
“Both teams are going to have the mindset that we’re here to get good work,” Harbaugh said. “What we’ll say to our ball club is we’re going to treat that ballclub like it’s our ballclub. Our goal is going to be to take care of them like we would be taking care of each other when our offense is going against their defense.
“I’m sure that the Ravens will have the same approach that we’re here for good work. That’s the goal. That’s the purpose.”