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Niners finish Bay Area practices, heading for Seattle

The 49ers concluded their Bay Area practices this afternoon and were scheduled to fly into Seattle tonight.

Before departing, coach Jim Harbaugh said, "Unless I've drastically misread my team, they're ready to play."

The Niners usually travel to Seattle on the eve of the game, but Harbaugh said he was approached by team leaders who suggested a Friday departure, thereby extending the routine that has resulted in road playoff wins at Green Bay and Carolina.

“They all came to that conclusion that that was the best thing for us,” Harbaugh said. “Be together an extra day. The majority of our road trips have been that. Really the only games when we don’t (usually do) that have been Seattle and Arizona. So, it’s a departure in one way, and in another way it’s the same.”

The 49ers final work at their Santa Clara, Calif., practice facility was conducted while music and crowd noise blared from a public address system – seemingly far louder than the background noise used by the Saints in New Orleans last week.“Pretty loud,” quarterback Colin Kaepernick agreed. “Whether it helps or now, we’ll find out.”

A few other notes from Santa Clara:

Cornerback Carlos Rogers (hamstring) and running back Will Tukuafu (knee) were the only Niners listed as even questionable on the Friday injury report. Asked about Rogers, Harbaugh said there is “a very good possibility” he will play. Harbaugh also declined to give reaction to the news that Percy Harvin (concussion) will not play for the Seahawks. … A horse named “Harbaugh” is scheduled to run at the Golden Gate Fields race track Saturday. As of Friday, his odds were 10-to-1. Harbaugh – the coach -- gave this reaction. “Don’t underestimate him.”
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