Yesterday, there were some familiar faces on the field in some not so familiar attire. After being throw into the proverbial dog house of head coach Jeff Fisher, Chris Givens and Janoris Jenkins were allowed back onto the field in full pads… assuming that means they were on time to practice this week. Their benching came as a surprise to nearly everyone, especially considering the magnitude of the game at this point in the season and the fact that they were being withheld from play without injury or penalty of the National Football League. Fisher made some nervous in his post-game presser, claimed that he was unsure to whether or not the all-star rookies would get to see the field in Sunday’s matchup with the New York Jets. Yesterday, he halfway answered the question, saying only that, “They’ll play,” at some point in the game.
Pettis would be the only true loss to the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, assuming the Givens does not get the start. Although there was no specifics on the toe injury, it was likely sustained in the overtime period against the San Francisco 49ers, when he was seem grimacing on the sideline after a catch.
Scott Wells was also not “officially” back and practicing with the team, as his name does still not appear on the 53-man active roster. The Rams have until next week’s game against the Arizona Cardinals to active Wells, likely forcing the team to release either Joe Barksdale or Shelley Smith, since Rob Turner would move back to the left guard spot where he started the season.
For the New York Jets, Shonn Greene;s back-up, running back Bilal Powell (concussion) and rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill (illness) did not participate in practice on Wednesday. The Jets are waiting for Powell to pass the mandatory concussion testing before getting back on the field, while Hill was sent home, being considered a “day-to-day” case. Running back Joe McKnight (ankle), linebacker Bart Scott (toe) and defensive tackle Sione Po’uha (lower back) were all limited at practice.