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Update your rosters, a couple Steelers have changed their jersey numbers

A pair of Steelers have decided to change their roster numbers as they head into the regular season.

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Since writing for this lovely site, I have often told people in written, and audio, form to not buy any jersey until the regular season begins.


Because sometimes jersey numbers change.

When players are cut, or released, and their jersey number becomes available, sometimes other teammates would want to swap numbers.

This offseason the Steelers had a lot of jersey number turnover, especially in the secondary. Joe Haden snagged Mike Mitchell’s vacated No. 23. Sean Davis picked up Haden’s vacated No. 21. And Mike Hilton traded in his No. 31 for No. 28.

It can all be very confusing, but there have been a few more jersey number changes.

When Ryan Switzer came to Pittsburgh via trade, he wore No. 18. The No. 10 he coveted was currently being used by Undrafted Rookie Free Agent Quadree Henderson, but when Henderson failed to make the 53-man roster, largely due to Switzer’s acquisition, Switzer is now claiming the vacated No. 10.

Switzer’s change in jersey number wasn’t the only number change for the Steelers. Free-agent tackle, Zach Banner, who came in midway through training camp, has decided to go with No. 72 for his new number.

For now, the jersey numbers are finalized, but we know with life in the NFL, that can change at any minute.