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Rams bench Givens, Jenkins for violating team rules


SAN FRANCISCO • As if the Rams didn’t face a tall enough task against San Francisco at Candlestick Park, they played without deep threat Chris Givens and starting cornerback Janoris Jenkins on Sunday.

Both rookies were surprise members of the Rams’ pregame inactive list, benched for violating team rules. In fact, coach Jeff Fisher wouldn’t say for certain if the pair would play this coming week against the New York Jets.

“They violated teams rules and they were de-activated,” Fisher said after Sunday’s 24-24 tie against the 49ers. “It was a decision I made (Saturday).”

Fisher did not elaborate.

“It’s an issue that’s between me and the players, and the club and the players,” Fisher said. “They violated rules and I deactivated them. As to whether they play next week or not, I don’t know. We’ll see.”

Danny Amendola started in place of Givens at wide receiver; rookie Trumaine Johnson replaced Jenkins in the starting lineup.

Givens had been on a big-play tear lately, with catches of 50 yards-plus in five consecutive games — a record for an NFL rookie and the first time anyone has achieved that feat since Detroit’s Pat Studstill in 1966. Jenkins, who was kicked out of Florida in college after a series of off-the-field issues, had been struggling lately on the field, allowing four touchdown passes in the Rams’ past three games.


Besides Givens and Jenkins, other Rams on the pregame inactive list were QB Austin Davis, S Darian Stewart (knee), DE Eugene Sims (knee) and OL Chris Williams. In addition, the Rams have released DT Kellen Heard.

Inactives for San Francisco: QB Scott Tolzien, WR A.J. Jenkins (from the University of Illinois), RB LaMichael James, S Trenton Robinson, RB Brandon Jacobs, OG Joe Looney and NT Ian Williams.


With 101 yards rushing on 29 carries, and 26 yards receiving on two catches, running back Steven Jackson surpassed former Rams great Torry Holt for the No. 2 spot in both yards from scrimmage and all-purpose yards in franchise history.

Jackson now has 13,724 yards from scrimmage and 13,803 all-purpose yards in his career with the Rams. The franchise records in both categories are held by Isaac Bruce, with 14,259 yards from scrimmage and 14,314 all-purpose yards.

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