Dre Greenlaw gets questionable ejection in 49ers game vs. Chargers

Dre Greenlaw #57 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Rob Leiter/Getty Images)
Dre Greenlaw #57 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Rob Leiter/Getty Images) /

With the 49ers hoping to hold the Chargers before halftime, Dre Greenlaw was flagged for not only a penalty but also was ejected from the game.

The San Francisco 49ers looked flat in a number of different ways against their Week 10 opponent on Sunday Night Football, the Los Angeles Chargers.

LA scored on its opening drive, and quarterback Justin Herbert started off the game with a perfect passer rating and a touchdown pass that got the Bolts out to a quick 7-0 lead. The Niners defense, meanwhile, struggled to get into much rhythm.

Things were a bit more competitive toward the half, though, until San Francisco endured a questionable penalty on linebacker Dre Greenlaw for unnecessary roughness on a hit against Herbert, who was scrambling on the play and no longer a defenseless player.

Greenlaw was subsequently ejected from the game, while the 49ers were hit with the 15-yard penalty.

You can check out a clip of the questionable penalty and ejection here.

Should Dre Greenlaw have been ejected from 49ers game vs. Chargers?

Herbert had to be removed from the game for a risk of a head injury, yet the Chargers were subsequently able to convert the drive into three points, giving LA a 16-10 lead over the Niners heading into halftime.

So, should Greenlaw have been ejected? Was it a bad call?

If you were to ask NBC Sports’ Tony Dungy, not at all. He referred to it as “a terrible call” in the immediate aftermath of the play and conclusion of the second quarter during the Sunday Night Football halftime broadcast.

Fortunately, San Francisco welcomed back fellow linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair from injured reserve during the week, as Al-Shaair had been unavailable since Week 4 because of an MCL sprain.

Still, that won’t stop fans from questioning whether or not Greenlaw should have been flagged or (especially) ejected.

The 49ers start the third quarter on offense.

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