49ers-Ravens joint exhibition practices make sense

49ers-Ravens joint exhibition practices make sense
April 9, 2014, 2:00 pm
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Jim Harbaugh is exactly 15 months younger than big brother John. (AP)

Coach Jim Harbaugh was not thrilled with the NFL schedule-maker in 2011 when the 49ers had to travel to face his brother’s Baltimore Ravens on a short week for a Thanksgiving night matchup.

So he can’t be too happy the 49ers are scheduled to open the exhibition season with a cross-country trip to meet the Ravens on Thursday, Aug. 7.

Typically, preseason games are limited to regional matchups for convenience. Teams carry 90 players on their training camp rosters.

Although there is no word from the 49ers, it only seems reasonable Harbaugh would consider spending a little extra time on the East Coast prior to the exhibition opener to take part in some joint practices with the Ravens.

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John Harbaugh’s Ravens hold training camp at their practice facility in Owings Mills, Md.

Last summer, the Ravens held offsite practices at M&T Bank Stadium, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis and Stevenson University in Owings Mills.

In 2008 and 2009, the 49ers and Raiders held joint practices in Napa. Last year, 49ers CEO Jed York said the 49ers and Raiders had talks about conducting some practices together during training camp.

In each of Harbaugh's first three seasons, the 49ers have gotten away from their training facility in Santa Clara during the regular season with trips to Youngstown, Ohio, in 2011 and '12, and London last season.

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