Security will be bulked up for Sunday’s game between the Raiders and 49ers at O.co Coliseum, including undercover officers wearing the gear of each team.
The Raiders issued a news release Wednesday saying there will be a “substantial increase” of uniformed officers from the Oakland Police Department and Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, as well as extra undercover officers and private security staff.
The two teams used to meet once a year in the preseason. But that rivalry was halted after a 2011 game at Candlestick Park at which two men were shot, two others were severely beaten and that featured so many fistfights in the stands that officers could be seen running across the field from one outbreak to the next.
Sunday’s game will be the first regular-season meeting between the two teams since 2010, a 17-9 win for the 49ers, and the first at the Coliseum since the 2002 season, a 23-20 win in overtime for the 49ers.
Raiders fans long have had a reputation for unruly behavior, but 49ers fans have surpassed them in terms of violence. Ugly incidents occurred at an Arizona Cardinals-49ers game on Sept. 21 and two men were sent to the hospital after being assaulted in a Levi’s Stadium restroom prior to an Oct. 5 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
“Public safety is a top priority for the Raiders, O.co Coliseum, and local law enforcement and all are working diligently to ensure that fans enjoy a safe and secure environment,” the Raiders said in a statement.
Tackle trouble – The 49ers went through a rainy practice Wednesday without their top two offensive tackles, Anthony Davis and Joe Staley.
Davis still is recovering from a concussion suffered 18 days ago against the New York Giants. He was working out in the team’s weight room, the last step before a concussed player returns to the practice field. Staley was dealing with a stomach ailment.
Also absent were tight end Vance McDonald (back), cornerback Tramaine Brock (hamstring), special-teams player Bubba Ventrone (groin) and defensive end Justin Smith (back), who typically does not practice on Wednesdays. McDonald’s absence signals another game in which the 49ers’ tight ends are Vernon Davis, Garrett Celek and undrafted rookie Asante Cleveland (Christian Brothers).
Wide receiver Michael Crabtree (knee) and defensive end Ray McDonald (finger) were injured in last Thursday’s game against Seattle and sat out a number of plays. Both, however, practiced on a limited basis Wednesday. Nose tackle Glenn Dorsey (biceps) also was limited. He said he didn’t know whether he will play against the Raiders but that his arm is improving.
Buddy system – Coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke – who earlier this week were reported to be at odds – were seen chatting amicably as the session got underway. The 49ers typically practice at 2 p.m., but Wednesday’s session was moved to 11 a.m. because of the rain.
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