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July 24, 2008
49ers-Raiders nail down joint practice date

It's been bandied about as an idea for years. On Aug. 4 it finally will come to fruition -- a practice session between the 49ers and Raiders. The sessions will be on the Raiders' training-camp turf in Napa. We're told it won't be a scrimmage but rather a morning and afternoon practice. The 49ers will drive up the evening of Aug. 3 and will drive back after the afternoon session. Because the Raiders are hosting, the sessions will be closed to the public. But the media is allowed to attend. No word yet on where the 49ers will be staying in Napa ...

"This is an opportunity to work against some unfamiliar faces," Mike Nolan said in a release. "Players sometimes become comfortable with the level of competition during training camp. This gives us the opportunity to raise that level and learn more about ourselves both individually and collectively."

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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