OLB Mario Williams, number change?

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  1. wildroot

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    Player Numbers by Position
    (NFL Rule 5, Section 1, Article 4)

    "All players must wear numerals on their jerseys in accordance with Rule 5, Section 3, Article 3c (see NOTE 1), and such numerals must be by playing position as follows: quarterbacks, punters, and placekickers, 1-19 (and 10-19 for wide receivers if 80-89 are all otherwise assigned); running backs and defensive backs, 20-49; centers, 50-59 (60-79 if 50-59 unavailable); offensive guards and tackles, 60-79; wide receivers and tight ends, 80-89; defensive lineman, 60-79 (90-99 if 60-79 unavailable); and linebackers 50-59 (90-99 if 50-59 unavailable)."

    "If a player changes his position during his playing career in the NFL and such change moves him out of a category specified above, he must be issued an appropriate new jersey number."

    So now that we have Mario listed as OLB does this mean he has to change his number?
     
  2. jaayteetx

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    was wondering that myself
     
  3. b0ng

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    Pretty sure Ware is 94 on the Cowboys.
     
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    D-Ware wears 94 and he's a listed linebacker. Shouldn't be necessary.
     
  5. ArlingtonTexan

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    90 is an acceptable number for a LBer
     
  6. TEXANRED

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    Wasn't Loyd 95 and Kirland 99?
     
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  8. False Start

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    Plenty of LBs in the NFL sport a 90s number.
     


  9. wildroot

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    The rule says "linebackers 50-59 (90-99 if 50-59 unavailable)"

    Undoubtably 50-59 won't be taken when the dust settles once the roster is announced, as a matter of fact there are a few 50s available now.

    How do we get around this rule, or do we just hope he's not called out on it?
     
  10. b0ng

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    He's allowed to wear it. It's not something that the NFL is going to force him to change.
     
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    What am I missing here?
     
  12. wildroot

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    In our case there are numbers within 50-59 that ARE avavilable.
     
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    He came in as a DE and got a 90 number.

    He'll still be playing DE along with linebacker and 90 is an allowable number for an LB.

    He should be able to keep the 90.
     
  14. wildroot

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    He's listed as a OLB.
     
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    So if it becomes an issue, they list him as DE/OLB
     
  16. XI CMURDER IX

    XI CMURDER IX Gig 'em

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    I think you can ask for special permission from the commissioner to keep a number if you are switching positions.
     
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    Like Casey is 86, so I guess hes listed as a TE/FB.
     
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    here's your loophole
     
  19. wildroot

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    "During the preseason period when rosters are larger, the League will allow duplication and other temporary deviations from the numbering scheme specified above, but the rule must be adhered to for all players during the regular season and postseason. Clubs must make numbers available to adhere to the rule, even if it requires putting back into circulation a number that has been retired or withheld for other reasons. See 7-2-3 for reporting change of position."
     
  20. wildroot

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    Guess that'll have to work or there will be a slew of upset fans with #90 jerseys.
     

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