SANTA CLARA – Ouch. That had to hurt.
Rams linebacker Bobby Wagner leveled a fan who brought a pink smoke flare on to the field in the second quarter of Monday night’s contest against the 49ers at Levi’s Stadium. Ironically, the Rams had trouble tackling Deebo Samuel and the Niners in a 24-9 primetime loss.
After the 49ers forced a punt on back-to-back sacks of Matt Stafford, the fan ran on the field and evaded security briefly before Wagner trucked him around the 35-yard line near the Rams sideline. Cameron Salerno of the Sacramento Bee caught the entire sequence on his phone and it quickly went viral.
The fan eventually got escorted off the field by security, but that musta hurt to get hit by the All-Pro linebacker. After the fact, Wagner was pretty ho-hum about the whole thing, via Salerno.
"I just saw somebody running on the field," Wagner said. "He looked like he wasn't supposed to be on the field. Security was having a problem, so I helped them out."
The 10-year vet has more than 1,400 tackles in his career, so this is old hat to him by now.
The Manning brothers Peyton and Eli had fun with the incident while doing their 'ManningCast' on ESPN2.
This was actually the second attempt by a fan to bring a pink flare onto the field Monday night. During the first quarter, a fan tried to run on the field with a flare but was stopped before they could make a scene.
Earlier this season, the Rams’ Week 1 matchup vs. the Buffalo Bills was also interrupted by a pink smoke flare from the same animal rights activist group, Direct Action Everywhere.