Ravens, 49ers take off the pads for final practice


AP Sports Writer

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens decided it would be wise to practice without pads.

Following two hard-hitting, physical days on the practice field, the 49ers and Ravens worked out in shorts for around 2 1/2 hours Monday.

The teams dressed in full pads on Saturday and Sunday. Ravens defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore tore his Achilles tendon on Sunday, and several other players were helped off the field.

So it made sense to go easier on Monday. Ravens coach John Harbaugh says "it became an obvious choice as we went through the last two days."

Both teams said the joint sessions were beneficial.

San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh says, "It was better than expected. We got better, there's no question about it."


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