San Francisco 49ers

49ers to kick off preseason against Cowboys

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo with QB coach Rich Scangarello practices at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on Wednesday November 29, 2017.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo with QB coach Rich Scangarello practices at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on Wednesday November 29, 2017. The Bee

Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers will open their preseason schedule with a home game against the Cowboys followed by road contests against the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts.

The team will close the summer session on Aug. 30 with a home game against the Chargers, their only annual preseason opponent. The 49ers' previous series with the Oakland Raiders was suspended after fan violence erupted during a game at Candlestick Park in 2011.

The game against the Cowboys will take place at some point between Aug. 9 and 13th. The exact dates and times of the games will be announced at a later date.

Garoppolo took plenty of preseason snaps for the New England Patriots in recent years but will be going through his first-ever offseason and preseason with the 49ers. San Francisco's offseason program begins on Monday.

The regular-season schedule is expected to be revealed at some point next week, although the list of opponents already is known. The 49ers will host the Bears, Lions, Broncos, Raiders and Giants as well as their three NFC West opponents. They will go on the road for games against the Packers, Vikings, Chiefs, Chargers, Buccaneers, Cardinals, Rams and Seahawks.

Preseason opponents

* (Aug. 9-13): vs. Dallas

* (Aug. 16-20): at Houston

* (Aug. 23-27): at Indianapolis

* (Aug. 30): vs. LA Chargers

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