Ravens training camp is often a family affair, but it will be taken to a whole new level this year.
Head Coach John Harbaugh has invited his brother, Jim, and the San Francisco 49ers to come to Baltimore for four days of practice after the teams match up in the first preseason game on Thursday, August 7 at M&T Bank Stadium.
The 49ers will remain in Baltimore to practice against the Ravens until Monday afternoon.
“I called Jim about a month ago and asked him if he wanted to do it, and I wasn’t really sure if he’d want to,” Harbaugh said Friday. “And he was like, ‘Absolutely. Let’s do it.’”
After the game Thursday, the teams will hold a light practice at M&T Bank Stadium Friday afternoon. The 49ers will then travel to Owings Mills and they will have three days of practice at the Under Armour Performance Center.
“We’ve been trying to figure out the last four weeks or so how we’d set it up, and we decided to do it after the first game,” Harbaugh said. “We felt like the first two weeks we needed to do our install process and it would be better after the game. Nobody has really done one after the game that I’m aware of, so this will be the first time.”
In addition to John and Jim coming together for the few days of practice, their father Jack is also planning to attend.
“He’s going to be the unofficial official,” Harbaugh joked. “He’s going to be in charge of breaking up all fights – different brotherly scuffles. If we start rolling around on the field my dad is going to have to jump in I guess.
“It’s going to be fantastic. We just can’t wait to do it.”