49ers key matchup No. 3: Aldon Smith vs. Chris Hairston


49ers key matchup No. 3: Aldon Smith vs. Chris Hairston

This is the first part in a series that spotlights three 49ers-Bills matchups to watch Sunday, 1:25 p.m. (CBS-TV), at Candlestick Park.49ers OLB Aldon Smith vs. Bills LT Chris HairstonTale of the tape
Smith (99): 6-foot-4, 258 pounds, second season, Missouri
Hairston (75): 6-foot-6, 330 pounds, second season, ClemsonBuffalo Bills lineman Chris Hairston, who made seven starts last season at left tackle, began this season as a backup. With an ankle injury to rookie Cordy Glenn, Hairston is back as a starter.RELATED: Three out for Bills
And his first starting assignment of the season comes Sunday. His task is to take on 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith, who leads the 49ers with 4.5 sacks. Smith has recorded 18.5 sacks in his past 17 games.The Bills will start two backups on the offensive line after Glenn and right guard Kraig Urbik exited last week's loss to the New England Patriots with ankle injuries.The 49ers are coming off a 34-0 victory over the New York Jets, and their front seven figures to pose all kinds of problems for the Bills."(It's a) great defense," Hairston told BuffaloBills.com. "They've got great D-linemen, great linebackers and they've done a great job as a defense. It'll take a little film study and lot of work on the practice field to be ready for them."But the O-line takes pride in playing good teams and doing what we can to assert our dominance. I'm sure this week is going to be a tough task with the guys we've got to go up against."The Bills' offense features a spread attack with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick getting rid of the ball quickly. Fitzpatrick has been sacked only four times in four games.In this battle of second-year players, Smith has a chance to exploit Hairston. Smith can make it difficult for Fitzpatrick to get the ball into the hands of his explosive threats in the passing game, such as receivers Stevie Johnson and Donald Jones, tight end Scott Chandler and running back C.J. Spiller.As an every-down player, Smith has done a good job of continuing to pressure the quarterback while also setting the edge in run defense. The Bills will run the ball more than most teams that feature three-wideout formations.
"That's the hardest thing for a guy that's transitioning from a defensive lineman to a linebacker position, outside backer in this case, is figuring out if it's a run or pass No. 1," 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said of Smith.
"And No. 2, they're not always coming forward. If it's a pass they've got to go backwards. So that's always new and uncomfortable for those guys. And that's really the biggest sticking point for those guys is figuring out if it's a run or pass and going backwards when they have pass responsibility."Smith has made a smooth transition this season from being a pass-rush specialist as a rookie."He's athletic enough and he's smart enough to learn the position and understand the position," Fangio said. "That's a good starting point."

Report: Former 49ers WR works out for Jets

Report: Former 49ers WR works out for Jets

The competition between the Jets and Patriots extended into free-agent workouts this week. 

New England on Wednesday reportedly tried out Dres Anderson, a wide receiver recently released by the 49ers.

New York a day later brought Anderson in for a workout, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan. 

Anderson, 24, entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the 49ers in 2015. 

He has yet to appear in a regular-season game.

Anderson was released from the 49ers practice squad on Tuesday, Oct. 18 to clear room for another wide receiver, DeAndre Smelter.  

Injury report: Tartt returns to full practice for 49ers

Injury report: Tartt returns to full practice for 49ers

SANTA CLARA – Safety Jaquiski Tartt took part in full practice for the 49ers on Thursday, while wide receiver Torrey Smith and defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey were limited.

Running back Carlos Hyde is the only 49ers player who did not participate in practice. He will not play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But it appears everyone else on the 49ers has a strong chance to be available.

Cornerback Rashard Robinson was cleared for limited non-contact football activity as he advances through the NFL’s return-to-play concussion protocol. Jimmie Ward, who missed the past three games due to a quadriceps strain, saw his second day of full work.

Tartt missed last week’s game with a quadriceps injury. After limited work on Wednesday, he was cleared for a full return on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Joshua Garnett (foot), Robinson, Dorsey (knee) and Smith (back) saw limited practice.

The Buccaneers do not expect to have running back Doug Martin available for Sunday’s game. Martin (hamstring) sustained a setback, according to coach Dirk Koetter.

49ers participation report
Did not participate
RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder)

DT Glenn Dorsey (knee)
G Joshua Garnett (foot)
CB Rashard Robinson (concussion)
WR Torrey Smith (back)

Full participation
DT Arik Armstead (shoulder)
G Zane Beadles (ankle)
DT DeForest Buckner (foot)
DT Quinton Dial (knee)
QB Blaine Gabbert (back)
WR Jeremy Kerley (ankle)
TE Vance McDonald (hip)
S Jaquiski Tartt (quadricep)
CB Jimmie Ward (quadricep)

Buccaneers participation report
Did not participate
DE Robert Ayers (ankle)
RB Doug Martin (hamstring)

CB Jude Adjei-Barimah (knee)
DT Gerald McCoy (calf)
DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring)

Full participation
C Joe Hawley (knee)
WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring)
TE Luke Stocker (ankle)