49ers, Raiders al­ter sched­ules due to smoke from wild­fire

Imperial Valley Press - - SPORTS - BY JOE STIGLICH

SANTA CLARA — The San Fran­cisco 49ers shifted work­out times Fri­day as smoke from a mas­sive North­ern Cal­i­for­nia wild­fire af­fected the air qual­ity in the Bay Area.

With the air qual­ity rated at lev­els con­sid­ered un­healthy, the 49ers worked out ear­lier so they could get off the field be­fore con­di­tions wors­ened.

The team has been in con­tact with NFL of­fi­cials to keep them up­dated about the sit­u­a­tion, 49ers spokesman Bob Lange said. The 49ers don’t play un­til Mon­day, when they host the New York Gi­ants.

Corner­back Richard Sher­man was mon­i­tor­ing the air qual­ity on his phone be­fore the team took the field.

“Well, I’ve got to, I’ve got kids,” Sher­man said. “I just talked to my wife, mak­ing sure they’re not let­ting them go out­side. Some of th­ese schools, you would think it’s com­mon sense.”

The NFL is also mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion in nearby Oak­land, where the Raiders are sched­uled to host the Los An­ge­les Charg­ers on Sun­day af­ter­noon. The Raiders also al­tered their prac­tice rou­tine Fri­day, chang­ing to a walk­through in­stead of a full prac­tice as a pre­cau­tion.

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