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Charles Omenihu will play vs. Eagles despite arrest

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

“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’ve looked into it the last 48 hours, not only himself but other people. We don’t feel we should kick him off our team at this time.”

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

Charles Omenihu’s mugshot following arrest on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic violence.
San Jose Police Dept

The woman complained of arm pain but did not show any visible injuries, according to police, and she declined medical attention.

At this point, the NFL will not be keeping Omenihu from suiting up against the Eagles in Philadelphia 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 on Wednesday. “There is no change to his status.”

Charles Omenihu of the San Francisco 49ers walks off of the field against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi's Stadium on Dec. 11, 2022.
Charles Omenihu of the San Francisco 49ers walks off of the field against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi’s Stadium on Dec. 11, 2022.

49ers' defensive lineman Charles Omenihu reacts after the defense stopped the 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 gets set against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara


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

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