Two days after they faced each other in their preseason openers, the 49ers and Ravens scrimmaged for 21⁄2 hours in hot and muggy Maryland. The result: Many handshakes and several affectionate back thwacks.
Fighting? There were a few moments when nerves appeared to fray during the session. But there were no fists flying Saturday and the joint practice, the first-ever by the two teams, was efficient and smooth.
The two head coaches, Jim and John Harbaugh, warned their players about practice-field fights.
They admonished the media, too.
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“What’s interesting to me and what’s a real indictment on you as the media is the fact that (cornerback) Jimmy Smith was asked about it, and he said that when he sees them on TV all he ever sees is fights,” the Ravens’ John Harbaugh said prior to the practice. “What does that tell you? How ’bout a little self-check? We’re probably going to have 99 percent all great positive things, but if there is a little shoving match out here, I’m quite sure that that’s what will be on these cameras and that will be countrywide.
Jim Harbaugh touched on the same theme: “I know that there will be many cameras assembled, gathered. And I’m sure that’s what everybody’s going to be looking for – that moment where you can capture the negative. We don’t anticipate that.”
The two teams will share the Ravens’ sprawling practice facility today and Monday, as well.
John Harbaugh said all of the practices are planned to be full-padded affairs but without tackling or taking opponents to the ground.
The two teams have discussed having a similar session next year at the 49ers’ home in Santa Clara.
“It’s on the back burner right now, and we’ll talk about it probably next spring to just see if it makes sense,” John Harbaugh said.
Receiver added – The 49ers waived injured wide receiver Chuck Jacobs, who suffered a torn ACL on a kick return in Baltimore on Thursday. The team filled the space with another receiver, Lance Lewis, who was immediately pressed into service during Saturday’s practice session.
The 49ers have been practicing without veterans Michael Crabtree and Brandon Lloyd, who are coming back from minor injuries. Jim Harbaugh said he expects them back “soon.”
Jacobs spent last season on the practice squad. Lewis (6-2, 207) has spent time with Washington and Dallas, which released him in May.
D-line depth – The 49ers also are thin along the defensive line after Lawrence Okoye went down with an ankle injury Thursday. He didn’t take part in Saturday’s practice, although another lineman who left the preseason game, Demarcus Dobbs, was able to practice.
“Thin still and (we) will be through the weekend and until we get back,” Harbaugh said. “We’ve got some reinforcements coming next week, from our own team.”
Those reinforcements, presumably, are starting defensive ends Justin Smith and Ray McDonald.
Smith is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. McDonald is dealing with a minor leg injury.
Injuries – Tight end Vance McDonald did not practice against the Ravens. He has an undisclosed injury. Two rookies, center Marcus Martin and outside linebacker Aaron Lynch, went through their first full practice of the summer.