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July 25, 2013, 11:15 PM
I was a little confused as to why Khaseem Greene was given the number 60, I thought linebackers had to wear numbers in the 50's or 90's. Does this mean they have plans to move him to the D-line
July 26, 2013  02:06 PM ET

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July 26, 2013  02:19 PM ET
QUOTE:

I was a little confused as to why Khaseem Greene was given the number 60, I thought linebackers had to wear numbers in the 50's or 90's. Does this mean they have plans to move him to the D-line

Maybe he got an exemption. Pretty rare they are approved though.

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July 26, 2013  06:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I believe the #'s [50 thru 60] are set aside for linebackers [mainly].

Offensive linemen wear 50 thru 70.

July 28, 2013  06:18 PM ET
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Maybe he got an exemption. Pretty rare they are approved though.

It's just an off-season thing. Primarily caused because the NFL increased roster sizes (from 80) to 90 players in April 2012. Then compounded with the fact that the Chicago Bears have retired 14 jersey numbers.

If you take a closer look at the Bears current roster you'll also see things such as:
#49 LB Lawrence Wilson
#53 LB Jerry Franklin
#53 C P.J. Lonergan
#60 C Taylor Boggs (sharing the same number as Khaseem Greene)
#70 DT Brent Russell
#70 G Edwin Williams
#78 T James Brown
#78 LB/DE Cornelius Washington

They seem to run into a lot of jersey number issues at the linebacker position. Which shouldn't be too surprising given their history.

All teams can double up jersey numbers in the off-season. But what they can't do is list two offensive players or two defensive players with the same number.

My guess is Khaseem and a few of other guys will be forced to change jersey numbers / conform to league jersey number rules after a few rounds of roster cuts.

July 28, 2013  06:21 PM ET

So in short... don't go out purchasing your #60 Khaseem Greene jersey just yet.

July 28, 2013  06:32 PM ET

Sorry cat, didn't mean to quote you in #6... started to type some smaller to just you and then kept typing.

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July 28, 2013  08:28 PM ET
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hmm,.........I know my pats' LB's #'s were always in the 50's. [#50-59],.....#60-70's ,I can see as O-linemen,......#90's are usually Def./ends.

DeMarcus Ware
Aldon Smith
Cameron Wake
James Harrison
Lawrence Timmons
Calvin Pace
Connor Barwin
Shaun Phillips

There's a lot more out there but these guys come to mind for me. Then you've got guys like

Mario Williams
Tamba Hali
Brian Orakpo
Mathias Kiwanuka

But I think those guys played some defensive end their rookie year.

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