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Your daily San Francisco 49ers news for Thursday, December 14th, 2023

How the Eagles, Niners or Cowboys could claim the No. 1 seed

“The Niners need to win their remaining four games in order to guarantee the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. By virtue of their dominant wins against the Eagles and Cowboys, the Niners hold the tiebreaker against both of them. The only way they would fall from that spot is if they lose and at least one of Dallas or Philadelphia wins out.

ESPN’s Football Power Index ranks the Niners’ remaining schedule as the 16th-most difficult in the league, which lands in the middle ground between the tough slate awaiting the Cowboys and the easy one in front of the Eagles. All eyes will be on the Niners’ Christmas night showdown against the Baltimore Ravens in a game that matches two of the FPI’s top three Super Bowl favorites.

49ers injury report: Eight players miss Wednesday’s practice

“Coach Kyle Shanahan said it is not too big of an inconvenience because this late in the season, the 49ers do not push themselves too hard in the days leading up to games.

“This time of year, we go half-speed on Wednesdays, anyway, regardless,” Shanahan said. “If this were earlier in the year, we’d probably have to go half-speed.”

Inside job: Why 49ers’ Nick Bosa isn’t exclusively on the edge (paywall)

“It’s tough without a camp because over the years I’ve been on the edge so much,” Bosa said Wednesday. “It’s definitely a lot quicker and different inside, so I’m not always super confident about it. But I think if I could continue to get reps in games and get a better feel for it, I think it could be a really good change up.”

Bosa’s performance against Seattle should prompt defensive coordinator Steve Wilks to continue giving him periodic snaps inside, where Bosa can’t be chip blocked. On Sunday, he easily dismissed center Evan Brown on his sack. On Bosa’s near-sack, he was one-on-one with right guard Anthony Bradford, a rookie fourth-round pick.”

How feisty, undersized 49ers cornerback Deommodore Lenoir found his edge (paywall)

“Deommodore Lenoir, 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds, was giving up 6 inches and 35 pounds. But he wasn’t about to give an inch. Lenoir said Metcalf showered him with putdowns, calling him “trash” and “little man” — at least that’s the family-friendly version — during the 49ers’ 28-16 win.

“He was talking smack to me,” Lenoir said. “So it was kind of like rising to the occasion. I just felt like everything someone said in the game I kind of like, ‘I’ll take the chip and just say I’m going to make you eat your words.’ ”

49ers add CB and OL in latest two-round mock draft from The Draft Wire

“With their first pick in the first round, Popejoy addressed the secondary, penciling in Penn State’s cornerback Kalen King to the 49ers with the No. 29 overall selection.

Throughout the 2023 campaign, King has only allowed 25 receptions for 290 yards and zero touchdowns on the season for the Nittany Lions. King hasn’t notched an interception this season, but has recorded a pair of pass deflections.”