Pink Flare Protester Stopped By Bobby Wagner & Takkarist McKinley Of Rams

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When the Los Angeles Rams signed Bobby Wagner, they knew they were welcoming home one of the brightest defensive stars in the league. Wagner made a statement on the field in a unique way during the "Monday Night Football" game against the San Francisco 49ers. The eight-time Pro Bowler showed off some his tackling skills when a protestor ran across the field at Levi's Stadium. While attempting to escape security and wielding a pink flare, the person ran toward the Rams' sideline where defensive end Takkarist McKinley sized him up. The person ran parallel to the sideline until Wagner swooped in at the same time McKinley made contact with him.

The person was wearing a shirt advertising a website that was similar to that worn by two protestors who ran on the field at SoFi Stadium with a pink smoke bomb during the NFL season opener between the Rams and Buffalo Bills. "That's what we're talking about," Peyton Manning said. "Wagner, a veteran -- get him down, now get out and let these (security) guys take over." As security staff struggled to chase the man down, Bobby Wagner, the Rams’ 240lb eight-time All Pro linebacker, emerged to tackle him, eliciting an audible cry from the crowd.

The protestor was then taken away by security staff. "That's not making a play," Wagner said. "That's just keeping it safe. You don't know what that fan got or what they're doing. You see it all the time and we don't know what they're carrying in their pockets. It's whatever that little smoke stuff is, but that s--- could be dangerous. "One of the guys on the other side, it looked like he got hurt and security looked like he was struggling, so I was frustrated, so I took it out on him." The collision left a noticeable mark on the field near the 40-yard line. "I saw Bobby Wagner take somebody out," 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. "That was kind of cool to see." A fan also ran onto the field with a device letting out pink smoke earlier in Monday night's game but was stopped by security.

Los Angeles Rams 9 San Francisco 49ers 24

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