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49ers, Texans expected to scrimmage in Houston this summer

Houston Texans' Earl Mitchell (92) during the second quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, in Houston.
Houston Texans' Earl Mitchell (92) during the second quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, in Houston. AP

The 49ers and Houston Texans are expected to hold joint practices in Houston before their Aug. 18 preseason game there, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday.

The teams held joint practices two years ago in Santa Clara when Chip Kelly was the 49ers' coach.

The 49ers have a number of connections to Houston, including via nose tackle Earl Mitchell, who is from the city and who played four seasons for the Texans.

Coach Kyle Shanahan, meanwhile, was an assistant there alongside defensive coordinator Robert Saleh and special-teams coordinator Richard Hightower a decade ago and Hightower is a Houston native.

Assistant coaches Jeff Zgonina and DeMeco Ryans played for the Texans. In total, seven of Shanahan’s assistants either played for or coached on the Texans.

“Have a lot of good memories from there,” Shanahan said last year. “I’ve left and gone to a bunch of different places. Had to do different things. Houston’s a good city, a good football town. It’s a good organization.”

The 49ers beat the Texans 26-16 in Houston on Dec. 10.

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