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  1. pats1

    pats1 Moderator PatsFans.com Supporter

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    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/20...steelers.numbers.ap/index.html?section=si_nfl

    That is incorrect. Holmes would be completely free to wear #10 if the season started tomorrow.

    NFL rules state that receivers can wear #80-89 AND #10-19, not just when the #80s are filled up.

    For example, when Matt Jones joined the Jaguars last year, he wore #18 - all season - and in fact, Ernest Wilford wore #19 and Reggie Williams wore #11. However, here were their players in the 80s:

    80 - Kyle Brady, TE
    81 - FREE
    82 - Jimmy Smith, WR
    83 - Todd Yoder, TE (I.R.)
    84 - Chad Owens, WR
    85 - Cortez Hankton, WR
    86 - FREE
    87 - George Wrighster, TE
    88 - Joe Zelenka, TE
    89 - FREE

    Or, as the article uses as an example, when Quincy Morgan joined the Steelers last year and wore #11:

    80 - Cedrick Wilson, WR
    81 - Sean Morey, WR
    82 - Antwaan Randle El, WR
    83 - Heath Miller, TE
    84 - Jerame Tuman, TE
    85 - Nate Washington, WR
    86 - Hines Ward, WR
    87 - FREE
    88 - Matt Kranchick - WR
    89 - Lee Mays, WR

    Or, when the Broncos had Todd Devoe as #14, Darius Watts as #17, and David Terrell as #13 throughout the 2005 season:

    80 - Rod Smith, WR
    81 - Charlie Adams, WR
    82 - FREE
    83 - Mike Leach, LS
    84 - Wesley Duke, TE
    85 - Ashley Lelie, WR
    86 - FREE
    87 - FREE
    88 - Jeb Putzier, TE
    89 - Nate Jackson, TE

    Jerry Rice even had #19 before he retired on September 5th.
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    Lazy journalism is hardly a surprising thing, be it sports news or world news.
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    NFL Rule 5, Section 1, Article 4

    However, ever since Keyshawn was allowed to wear #19, all sorts (as I showed above) of receivers have been wearing numbers in the teens without the required fill-up of the 80s.
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    Small message board correction.

    JAK
    86 - FREE--Brian Jones, T

    DEN
    82 - FREE---Stephen Alexander, TE
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    Maybe it incorporates numbers assigned to scrubs, which therefore would probably make those numbers taken if you verged into it further and checked.
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    That rule was changed in 2004.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/7221738

    "The owners also ... allowed wide receivers to wear Nos. 10 through 19 even when numbers in the 80s are available."
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