Practice Report: Jenkins, Givens Back At Practice
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Notes from Wednesday’s St. Louis Rams practice as they prepare to take on the New York Jets at the Edward Jones Dome Sunday:
-CB Janoris Jenkins and WR Chris Givens were back on the practice field Wednesday after missing Sunday’s game for disciplinary reasons.
“They’ve rejoined the program and the issues are behind them,” Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said. “They’ve been addressed and they’re back on the practice field.”
Fisher wouldn’t offer whether either player would return to his starting role come Sunday, saying only that both would play. Neither Givens nor Jenkins knew what their role would be on gameday.
Both players showed remorse after practice for the discipline, with QB Sam Bradford characterizing his feelings as being “disappointed” by the players’ actions. While Bradford said he didn’t feel either player had to earn the respect of the locker room again, Givens said he felt an obligation to show everyone he received the message sent Sunday.
“I definitely feel like I’ve got to earn the trust back of everybody in the organization,” Givens said. “That’s something I’m going to work towards doing.”
Both players were relieved to be back on the practice field with a chance to contribute against the New York Jets. Givens said the sideline is a place he’d rather not be from here on out.
“My promise is not to leave (the field) again,” Givens said.
-Fisher said C Scott Wells is progressing and that his availability for Sunday would be decided later in the week. Wells hasn’t played since the season opener against the Detroit Lions. Once Wells is activated to the 53-man roster, a corresponding move will need to be made.
-P Johnny Hekker was two-for-two on fake punts Sunday and has a perfect 158.3 quarterback rating as a passer this season. Hekker played quarterback for his high school football team and said he wore No. 18 as an homage to Peyton Manning. While Bradford said he has little concern about Hekker taking his job, Fisher said Hekker’s ability as a passer actually weighed into their decision when they signed him.
“It had a lot to do with it, actually, because we liked that as a potential additional weapon,” Fisher said. “It tends to keep people off guard and it gives you opportunities to make plays.”
-All 53 players on the active roster participated in some capacity Wednesday, a rarity for a team struck with numerous injuries in the first half of the year. WR Austin Pettis (toe), S Darian Stewart (knee) and DE Eugene Sims (knee) were all limited at practice.