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John Harbaugh salutes brother Jim Harbaugh, laughs off wrong newspaper photo

Ravens coach John Harbaugh is aware that his photo is in the Detrot Free Press next to a headline that noted all signs point toward Jim Harbaugh heading to the University of Michigan.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh is aware that his photo is in the Detroit Free Press next to a headline that noted all signs point toward Jim Harbaugh heading to the University of Michigan.

Harbaugh said Monday that roughly 40 people sent him the picture, and he had a sense of humor about the mistake.

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"That's the wrong picture," Harbaugh said with a smile during his weekly news conference.

The newspaper ran the wrong photo, but reported that former San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is bound for Ann Arbor, Mich., on a six-year, $48 million contract.

"We've got a serious "Case of the Mondays," the Free Press wrote on Twitter. "Our deepest apologies, folks. We'll have the right one tomorrow, promise."

Turning serious Monday, Harbaugh praised the work of his younger brother with the 49ers. Jim Harbaugh led the 49ers to three NFC championship games and a Super Bowl XLVII loss to the Ravens.

"I couldn't be more proud of what they accomplished as a team and he, as a leader," John Harbaugh said. "It was pretty obvious and evident in that locker room after the game how those players feel about him and how those coaches feel about him."

The 49ers went 44-19-1 in their four years under Jim Harbaugh, including 8-8 this year.

However, Jim Harbaugh left the 49ers under rocky circumstances as owner Jed York took the side of general manager Trent Baalke instead of the coach who led them to a Super Bowl.

"It's pretty evident that those unnamed sources out there got their facts wrong even though some are still standing behind it, which is ludicrous," John Harbaugh said. "That's a locker room that loves one another, and that was easy to see. The way they played hard right to the end, it speaks for itself."

John Harbaugh drew laughter when he said the Ravens are unlikely to be holding joint practices in the Bay Area next year during training camp.

The 49ers and Ravens held joint practices in Owings Mills during training camp this year.

"I think it's safe to assume the trip to San Francisco in the preseason is off," Harbaugh said. "I think it's safe to assume that."

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