KUSA—For the third consecutive year, the Denver Broncos will hold joint practices with the San Francisco 49ers prior to their preseason game, league sources told 9News.
Only this time, the practices will be held on the 49ers’ grounds in Santa Clara, Calif. And this time, John Lynch will not be the Broncos’ color commentator but the 49ers’ general manager.
Lynch, a Broncos Ring of Fame safety, left the broadcast booth three months ago to head the 49ers’ football department.
The Broncos and 49ers held joint practices at the UCHealth Training Center prior to their preseason games in August of 2015 and 2016.
The Broncos beat the 49ers, 19-12 in preseason game 3 of 2015 and lost to San Francisco last year, 31-24 -- an event later marked by the first time San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the playing of the National Anthem.
The exact dates of this year’s joint practices and game won’t be known until later this week when the NFL announces its full 2017 schedule. What is known is the Broncos and 49ers will play sometime between Aug. 17-20 at Levi’s Stadium, which was the site of Denver’s Super Bowl 50 victory.
The Broncos have also held joint training camp sessions with the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys in recent years.