The NFL is reportedly reviewing the brawl on the sidelines during the second half of the 49ers’ win over the Eagles on Sunday when San Francisco linebacker Dre Greenlaw threw a punch at the team’s head of security of Philadelphia, “Big Dom” DiSandro, after DiSandro got his hands on Greenlaw. .
DiSandro was apparently defensive receiver DeVonta Smith, whom Greenlaw had tackled to the ground on the Eagles sideline with an illegal hit. DiSandro and Greenlaw were separated and ejected from the game for their actions.
DiSandro, who is often seen alongside head coach Nick Sirianni on the team’s sideline and whose time with the Eagles dates back to the start of the Andy Reid era in 1999, received a standing ovation from the Philadelphia crowd as he left the field.
(Who is “Big Dom”? Eagles safety kicked out with Niners LB Dre Greenlaw)
However, the loss of Greenlaw ultimately did not matter much to the 49ers in the game, as San Francisco earned a 42-19 victory in a successful attempt at revenge for the 49ers’ loss to the Eagles in from last year’s NFC championship game.
But 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan still expressed outrage after the game that an Eagles staff member, not even a coach or another player, had put his hands on Greenlaw.
“I tried my best not to lose my mind,” Shanahan told reporters via KNBR. “I hope I didn’t embarrass myself too much. … I just can’t believe that someone who isn’t involved in a football game would taunt our players like that and put their hands in front of their faces. our guy.”
NFL on FOX Microphones captured Sirianni appearing to apologize to Shanahan during the coaches’ postgame handshake. But while Sirianni also expressed his disappointment to reporters Monday at the escalation of the situation, he defended DiSandro’s intentions.
“Dom is as good as it gets at this job,” Sirianni said via ProFootballTalk. “I’m so grateful to him. He’s always going to try to defuse situations. That’s what he does, that’s his job. Obviously, it was unfortunate yesterday. I know in Dom’s heart that he was trying really to defuse the situation on the spot. I’m sad that someone was left out of the game.”
ProFootballTalk reported Sunday evening that some in the NFL expect the league to take “significant action” against DiSandro for his actions, especially in light of how the league just suspended an employee for the remainder of season because he lent Dolphins receiver Tyreek Hill a smartphone to celebrate a touchdown.
The incident between Greenlaw and DiSandro was the most notable of several scuffles during what was a tense rivalry game before San Francisco pulled away late in the second half. The game follows months of verbal jabs between the two teams across the media as some key 49ers players repeatedly insisted they only lost to Philadelphia in last season’s game because quarterback Brock Purdy tore his UCL in the first quarter.
Purdy and star wide receiver Deebo Samuel, one of the main proponents of this talking point, had remarkable performances on Sunday.
Brock Purdy’s four passing touchdowns and Deebo Samuel’s three passing touchdowns lift the 49ers to a dominant 42-19 victory over the Eagles.
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