49ers' turn to visit Dashon Goldson

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers are preparing to face safety Dashon Goldson for the first time since he left the team for Tampa Bay in the offseason.

But it won’t be the first time the team has seen Goldson since he left. The safety was a surprise visitor to the 49ers’ facility last month when he was suspended for a game by the NFL for an illegal hit.

Goldson said he stopped by to see former teammates and coaches while he was in the area attending to other needs.

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh recalled Wednesday that he was surprised by Goldson’s visit, but was glad he did.

“I’d never seen that before, a player stop by like that,” Harbaugh said. “But it was cool. It was natural. People were glad to see him. He was glad to see guys. I had a chance to see him, give him a hug and talk for a little bit. It wasn’t a big deal.”

Was Harbaugh nervous Goldson was doing spy work in preparation for Sunday’s game in Tampa?

“That would be a natural reaction,” Harbaugh said. “But it just didn’t play out that way.”