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October 11, 2013

Boldin to face former squad

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — His black hooded sweatshirt pulled over his head and covering most of his face, Anquan Boldin stood at his locker Thursday staring back at a dozen or so reporters with a serious expression.

No reason to dress up or soak in the spotlight. Boldin said it’s “just another week.”

Sure it is.

The wide receiver will be facing his former Arizona team for the second time Sunday when the San Francisco 49ers (3-2) host the Cardinals (3-2) in an NFC West showdown. Boldin spent his first seven seasons with Arizona before being traded to Baltimore for two draft picks following the 2009 season.

Boldin also downplayed the reunion leading up to his first meeting against the Cardinals in 2011 in Baltimore. He took out any lingering feelings on the field, catching seven passes for 145 yards to rally the Ravens past Arizona 30-27.

Boldin sees no reason to be sentimental this week. After all, he said, the franchise he played for in Arizona — and helped lead to the Super Bowl after the 2008 season, when the Cardinals lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers — has had so many changes it’s almost unrecognizable now.

“I don’t know any of those guys. Probably about two guys remain,” Boldin said.

Plenty has changed for him as well since his days in the Arizona desert.

Boldin won the Super Bowl with the Ravens in February. He was traded to the NFC champion 49ers in the offseason for a sixth-round draft pick in a cost-cutting move by Baltimore. And at age 33, he’s become Colin Kaepernick’s No. 1 target with so many injuries to other wide receivers, notably Michael Crabtree, who will be out until at least November rehabbing a torn right Achilles tendon.

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