49ers say Charles Omenihu will play in NFC Championship despite domestic violence arrest

The 49ers plan to have Charles Omenihu for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game, despite his arrest Monday on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic violence.

“We’re letting the legal process take care of itself, so if he’s healthy, he’ll play this week,” San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan told media on Wednesday. “We have looked into the matter over the past 48 hours, not only himself but other people. We don’t think we should kick him out of our squad just yet.

The defensive end was released on bail Monday night after a police officer responded to an incident at his home in the Santana Row neighborhood. A woman told officers that the 25-year-old was her boyfriend and that he ‘pushed her to the ground during an argument’.

Mugshot of Charles Omenihu after his arrest on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic violence.
San Jose Police Department

The woman complained of pain in her arm but showed no visible injury, police said, and she refused medical attention.

At this point, the NFL will not prevent Omenihu from facing the Philadelphia Eagles as the league continues to review the incident.

“The matter will be reviewed under the league’s personal conduct policy,” the league said in a statement Wednesday. “There is no change in his status.”

Charles Omenihu of the San Francisco 49ers leaves the field against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi's Stadium on December 11, 2022.

Charles Omenihu of the San Francisco 49ers leaves the field against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi’s Stadium on December 11, 2022.


49ers defensive lineman Charles Omenihu reacts after defense shuts down Los Angeles Chargers

49ers defensive lineman Charles Omenihu reacts after the defense stopped the Los Angeles Chargers on fourth down late in the fourth quarter.


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Charles Omenihu of the 49ers against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara

Charles Omenihu of the 49ers takes on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara


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Omenihu suffered an oblique injury in the Divisional Round victory over the Cowboys.

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