Know why 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw thrown out of game

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Referees threw a flag against San Francisco 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw for tackling Eagles receiver DeVonta Smith near the Birds’ sideline with nearly 9 and a half minutes remaining in the third quarter. Greenlaw lifted Smith up from the waist and slammed him to the ground. Greenlaw was dismissed from the game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

When the two managed to regain their balance, Eagles players and staff rushed in, resulting in a brief altercation with some 49ers players. Dom DiSandro, the Eagles head of security, then seemed to shove Greenlaw away in an attempt to keep him away from Smith. Greenlaw then held out his arm, gesturing as he yelled at DiSandro, and his hand seemed to strike DiSandro in the face, prompting the referees to eject Greenlaw from the game. At 9 and a half minutes remaining in the third quarter, Greenlaw tackled Eagles receiver DeVonta Smith close to the Birds’ sideline, lifting Smith up from the waist and slamming him to the ground. Referees threw a flag against Greenlaw for the tackle.

Following the decision to boot Greenlaw, Eagles fans erupted in cheers as he ran off the field to the locker room. Later, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was seen yelling at the officials over the decision to boot Greenlaw. DiSandro was also taken out of the game, but he was greeted with a standing ovation from the Philadelphia crowd at Lincoln Financial Field and pats on the back from coaching staff members as he walked off. Jalen Hurts, the quarterback for the Eagles, was evaluated for a concussion but returned to the game. The 49ers emerged victorious, winning 42–19.

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