Niners willing to let legal process play out with Charles Omenihu

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Following his arrest Monday on suspicion of 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 spent the last few days investigating what happened to Omenihu and concluded that the best way to handle it is to let the legal process play out before making any further decisions.

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

According to a release from the San Jose Police Department, police arrived at a residence at 4:39 p.m. local time 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 observed on the woman, who complained of pain in her arm, but refused medical attention, the police said.

Omenihu was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail and released Monday after posting bond. He was also given a restraining order. The case will be presented to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office for possible charges.

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

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

On Wednesday, Omenihu was set to participate in training on a limited basis as he deals with an oblique injury.

Barring something changing with 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 play this week,” Shanahan said.

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