Harbaugh Bros. to hold joint practices
There's obviously no lingering hard feelings between John and Jim Harbaugh.
Two seasons after battling in the Super Bowl, the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers will hold four joint practices after their preseason opener in Baltimore on Aug. 7, John Harbaugh said Friday night.
This is certainly not the Har-Bowl -- which was the unofficial name when the Ravens beat the 49ers in the Super Bowl in February 2013 -- but it's certainly a way for John and Jim Harbaugh to break up the monotony of the preseason.
After playing a preseason game on Thursday, the Ravens and 49ers will hold a light workout together at M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday before conducting practices the next three days at the Ravens' Owings Mills headquarters.
"It's just going to be fantastic. I can't wait to do it," John Harbaugh told The Baltimore Sun in Oxford, Ohio, where he is going to have his statue erected Saturday at his alma mater, Miami (Ohio). "Dad is going to be out there. He's going to be the unofficial official."
The Ravens have never held joint practices with another team, although they had scrimmages with the Washington Redskins in 2000, '05, '06 and '07. This has become a popular trend among NFL teams. The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Buffalo Bills will have an agreement to practice against each other in training camp this year and next. The New England Patriots had combined practices with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Philadelphia Eagles last year.
"It was our idea," John Harbaugh said. "I called Jim about a month ago and asked him if he would want to do it. I really wasn't sure and he said, 'Absolutely, let's do it.' "
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