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Eagles submit proposal to add jersey No. 0

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The Eagles submitted a proposal to the competition committee to add the No. 0 as a jersey number, a league source briefed on the matter told The Athletic.

In 2021, NFL owners approved a proposal submitted by the Kansas City Chiefs that expanded the number of players allowed to wear single-digit numbers. Before that change, the only positions allowed to wear single-digit numbers were quarterbacks, kickers and punters. The expansion allowed running backs, defensive backs, linebackers, tight ends, fullbacks, H-backs and wide receivers to wear single-digit numbers, which has now created a number crunch for some teams.

Philadelphia retired No. 5 and No. 15 for quarterback Donavan McNabb and halfback Steve Van Buren, respectively, and with so many positions now eligible to wear single-digit numbers (Eagles linebacker Haason Redidck wears No. 7 and receiver Devonta Smith wears No. 6) the team, and likely many others in the league, needs the No. 0 to provide some relief from crowding.

The single digit numeral 0 and the double digit 00 used to be in rotation before the NFL standardized jersey numbers in 1973 (Raiders center Jim Otto was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as No. 00). The issue was on the agenda for the committee to review this week in Indianapolis. There’s no update yet on how the committee responded to Philadelphia’s proposal.

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