Niners willing to play legal action with Charles Omenihu

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Following his arrest Monday on suspicion of felony domestic violence, San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Charles Omenihu will remain with the team and continue to prepare for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game, coach Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday.

Shanahan added that the Niners have been looking at what happened to Omenihu over the past few days and concluded that the best way to handle it is to let the legal process play out before any further decisions are made.

“We feel very good about letting the legal process take care of itself. And we don’t feel like we have to kick him off our team at this point,” said Shanahan.

According to a San Jose Police Department release, police arrived at a residence at 4:39 p.m. local time on Monday after a woman called to report that Omenihu, who is her boyfriend, pushed her to the ground during an argument. No visible injuries were seen on the woman, who complained of pain in her arm but declined medical attention, police said.

Omenihu was incarcerated at the Santa Clara County Jail and released on Monday after posting bail. He was also given a restraining order. The case will go to the Santa Clara County District Attorney for possible charges.

The NFL said in a statement Wednesday that “the matter will be reviewed under the league’s Personal Conduct Policy. There will be no change to his standing.”

Omenihu has served as a key part of San Francisco’s defensive line rotation this season, recording 4.5 sacks in the regular season and two more sacks with a forced fumble in the team’s NFC wild card victory against the Seattle Seahawks .

On Wednesday, Omenihu would participate in limited training because he is suffering from an oblique injury.

Unless something changes in his legal status, Shanahan said Omenihu will play against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

“We’re letting the legal process take care of itself, so if he’s healthy, he’ll be playing this week,” said Shanahan.

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