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49ers, Chargers finalize joint practice details

Both California-based teams will practice together on Aug. 19, three days before they are scheduled to play each other in the preseason.

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The San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Chargers have finalized the details for their joint practice, which is scheduled for Aug. 19 in Costa Mesa, California. The two teams will then square off in a preseason matchup three days later on Aug. 22.

It will be the second preseason game for the Niners. They will take on the Kansas City Chiefs in their opener on Aug. 14 and wrap up their tune-up games with an affair against the Las Vegas Raiders on Aug. 29.

It will be interesting to see how the league proceeds with joint practices, given that we are still dealing with the pandemic. The latest reports from league insiders are that several teams still don’t meet the NFL’s requirement that 85 percent of their players be fully vaccinated to limit COVID-19 restrictions. We will have to wait and see if the 49ers and Chargers meet the threshold.

The previous time San Francisco held a joint practice was in 2019 when they did some on-field work with the Denver Broncos. The NFL canceled all joint practices in 2020 due to the pandemic.

We are less than two weeks away from seeing the Niners back on the field for training camp. Head coach Kyle Shanahan is hoping to limit the number of injuries to his players before the games begin to count in September.

The 49ers play their season opener against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, September 12.