ST. LOUIS (FootballStL) -- It came as a surprise when Chris Givens was listed on the team’s inactive list on Sunday. It was a consequence that the rookie wide receiver faced for violating a team rule.
“I feel terrible about the mistake I made. It won’t happen again,” Givens said after practice on Wednesday.
“I talked to the team and let them know I was sorry for leaving them hanging like that and letting them down on such a short notice. It’s just something that they supported me and they told me I got to learn from my mistakes and grow up and move forward.”
For the first time in recent memory, the Rams finally have a deep threat in the passing game with the speed of Givens. The 22-year-old receiver became the first rookie in NFL history with a 50-yard reception in five consecutive game.
“I definitely feel like I have to earn the trust back of everybody in the organization and that is something I am going to work towards doing,” Givens said.
Givens returned to practice in preparation to face the Jets on Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome. It was sort of a relief for Givens to get back on the field following the one-game suspension.
“It feels great. My promise is not to leave it again.”
Givens apologized to his team for his actions and admits that his teammates were upset.
“Everyone was upset and everyone was understanding at the same time. They know I am young. I make mistakes, but it’s up to me to grow up early, grow up fast and just know I can’t make stupid mistakes to put the team in jeopardy,” Givens said.
Givens met with Sam Bradford after Wednesday’s practice for a “little talk,” according to the Rams quarterback.
“Obviously, I was disappointed,” Bradford said. “I don’t know if upset is the right word. Chris is a very talented player for us. He was a big part of our game plan going into last week.”
“To find out that he wasn’t going to be with us and not finding out until Saturday, it was a little bit frustrating and disappointing, but I don’t think I was upset. Hopefully, like I said, it will be a non-issue from here on out.”
Jeff Fisher hasn’t said whether Givens will start this Sunday, but acknowledged the fact that he will play.