Charles Omenihu could play Sunday despite arrest on Monday


SANTA CLARA — Two days after he was arrested in San Jose on suspicion of domestic violence, 49ers defensive end Charles Omenihu was on the practice field with his teammates in Santa Clara on Wednesday.

Omenihu was a limited participant as he dealt with an oblique injury he suffered in Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys that limited him to just 15 snaps. Coach Kyle Shanahan said Omenihu likely will play in Sunday’s NFC Championship against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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“We’re letting the legal process take care of itself,” Shanahan said. “If he’s healthy, he’ll play this week.

According to the Bay Area News Group, police were called to Omenihu’s home on Santana Row Monday afternoon, after his girlfriend reportedly claimed he “pushed her to the ground during an argument.” Omenihu reportedly was booked at Santa Clara County Jail before posting bail. Omenihu’s girlfriend reportedly did not have observable injuries and didn’t request medical treatment at the scene.

Shanahan said the team isn’t considering releasing Omenihu.

“We’ve looked into it for the past 24 hours, past 48 hours,” Shanahan said. “Not necessarily myself, but other people. We feel very good about the legal process taking care of itself. Don’t feel like we should kick him off our team at this time.”

The 25-year-old totaled 4.5 sacks in the regular season before recording a two-sack day against the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card Round. When available, Omenihu is a regular in the rotation for the 49ers fierce defensive line.

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