49ers first-year head coach Jim Harbaugh is hopeful that the NFL labor situation to be resolved in time to save a full preseason, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports.
“I choose to be optimistic,” Harbaugh told Dick Enberg during an in-game appearance in the San Diego Padres broadcast booth on Sunday. “And I really think early July there’s a chance a deal is done. That’s kind of what I’m planning for.
“If they can get a deal done in July, right now we’re scheduled to go to training camp on July 28. So if we go to training camp on the 28th, we’ll get the whole exhibition season in.”
The lockout has already denied Harbaugh and his staff over two dozen OTA practices and a pair of mini-camps to work with the players. At the league meetings in March, Harbaugh was bracing for losing those practices.
“We’re all going to have to adjust, and come in with the attitude that all obstacles can and must be overcome,” Harbaugh said.