Owings Mills, MD -- Lost amid the 49ers' continuous barrage of training-camp injuries has been cornerback Chris Culliver's healthy revival.
Culliver not only started Thursday night's exhibition-opening loss to the Baltimore Ravens, his surgically repaired knee got tested, too.
"What's (Steve) Smith's number, 89? He tried to chop me," Culliver said Saturday. "But it's football. I prepare for anything and everything. My knee is 100 (percent) and I just keep going."
Asked if he had heated words for Smith, Culliver replied: "Nah. I don't take it as a cheap shot. It's just football."
More football ensued between the 49ers and Ravens on Saturday as they began three consecutive days of joint practices.
Both coaches instructed their players to avoid fights, and Ravens coach John Harbaugh scolded the media in advance of potentially focusing coverage on scuffles between the former Super Bowl XLVII combatants.
Culliver didn't sound like he would be seeking a return shot on Smith. Instead, Culliver is trying to get his left knee's ACL up to speed, something that has required a couple days of rest in training camp.
"You keep working and keep working and sometimes it can flare up or just get tired," Culliver said. "The schedule is 7 in the morning 'till 9 at night. Those are long hours and sometimes you need rest."
What Culliver did not feel the need to do Saturday was relive the 2013 Super Bowl Week.
"I don't really reflect on two years ago," said Culliver, who struggled in that Super Bowl XLVII loss to the Ravens and also drew ire for homophobic comments to a radio shock jock.
That Super Bowl stood as Culliver's last game in a 49ers uniform until Thursday night's exhibition-opening loss.
"We played (the Ravens) Thursday, so really that's my most current play from them and I'll from that game and keep going," Culliver said.