49ers in position for No. 2 seed in NFC playoffs


49ers in position for No. 2 seed in NFC playoffs

The 49ers might be in the driver's seat for the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs, but there are a couple of major potholes on the road in front of them.

The 49ers own a half-game lead over the NFC North-leading Green Bay Packers for the second seed, which ensures a first-round bye in the playoffs and a home game in the divisional round.

With difficult road games against the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, the 49ers have not wrapped up the NFC West title, yet. If Seattle wins its final three games and the 49ers lose two of three, the Seahawks would win the NFC West.

Here's a look at the playoff picture (the top four teams lead their respective divisions):

Atlanta (NFC South, 11-2)
Sunday: vs. N.Y. Giants
Dec. 22 (Saturday): at Detroit
Dec 30: vs. Tampa Bay

49ers (NFC West, 9-3-1)
Sunday: at New England
Dec. 23: at Seattle
Dec 30: vs. Arizona

Green Bay (NFC North, 9-4)
Sunday: at Chicago
Dec. 23: vs. Tennessee
Dec 30: at Minnesota

N.Y. Giants (NFC East, 8-5)
Sunday: at Atlanta
Dec. 23: at Baltimore
Dec 30: vs. Philadelphia

Seattle (8-5)
Sunday: at Buffalo (in Toronto)
Dec. 23: vs. 49ers
Dec 30: vs. St. Louis

Chicago (8-5)
Sunday: vs. Green Bay
Dec. 23: at Arizona
Dec 30: at Detroit

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)