It was known on Sunday that Rams coach Jeff Fisher had decided to deactivate rookie cornerback Janoris Jenkins and rookie receiver Chris Givens for violating an unspecified team rule. The violation wasn’t known.
Per a league source, Jenkins and Givens violated curfew.
It also wasn’t known that Fisher’s punishment had a second element. As Peter King reported on NBC’s Football Night in America and explains in his Monday Morning Quarterback column, Fisher made Jenkins and Givens run the stairs at Candlestick Park.
“They weren’t going to play, so they needed a workout,” Fisher said. “And I guess you can say it was part punitive. We still have to sort some things out about what happened, but hopefully this helps them get the message.”
It could have been worse. Defensive tackle Kellen Heard wasn’t deactivated for the game; he was cut.