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  1. pats1

    pats1 Moderator PatsFans.com Supporter

    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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  2. Hok

    Hok Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    Lazy journalism is hardly a surprising thing, be it sports news or world news.
     
  3. pats1

    pats1 Moderator PatsFans.com Supporter

    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.
     
  4. kazz64

    kazz64 Rookie

    Small message board correction.

    JAK
    86 - FREE--Brian Jones, T

    DEN
    82 - FREE---Stephen Alexander, TE
     
  5. drew4008

    drew4008 In the Starting Line-Up

    Maybe it incorporates numbers assigned to scrubs, which therefore would probably make those numbers taken if you verged into it further and checked.
     
  6. AdamJT13

    AdamJT13 Practice Squad Player

    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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