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Could some prominent Vikings be getting new numbers soon?

They might, thanks to a new rule that’s expected to pass

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The National Football League is expected to pass a new rule this week that could change the way we identify at least a couple of prominent members of the Minnesota Vikings.

The rule would loosen some of the restrictions on some of the jersey numbers that players at different positions are allowed to wear. The new range of numbers would be as follows:

  • Quarterbacks/punters/kickers: 1-19
  • Running backs/wide receivers/tight ends: 1-49, 80-89
  • Offensive linemen: 50-79
  • Defensive linemen: 50-79, 90-99
  • Linebackers: 1-59, 90-99
  • Defensive backs: 1-49

There are plenty of folks that have already invested in jerseys of their favorite players, whether they’re members of the Vikings or other teams, that may have to restock if the rule passes as expected. There could be a number of players that had to change jersey numbers from their college days, where those rules are much less restrictive. For example:

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Then again, maybe we don’t want Anthony Barr wearing #11. I don’t know. There are numerous other Vikings that could end up potentially switching, but those are three of the first ones that come to mind.

What do you think, folks? Is it time for the NFL to loosen up the number restrictions a bit? If you already have jerseys from a player that switches numbers, would you buy one with their new number on it?