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CB Trevon Diggs, several other Cowboys get new jersey numbers

Cowboys fans at home may well need a program come next Thursday night just to tell who’s who when the team takes the field in Tampa to kick off the 2021 season. Several jersey number changes were announced on Thursday.

Second-year cornerback Trevon Diggs will revert back to the No. 7 he wore at Alabama, taking advantage of the league’s new relaxed rule concerning single-digit jersey numbers. The No. 7 has been popular lately in Dallas; Ben DiNucci wore it most recently, kicker Lirim Hajrullahu also wore it for his short stint, and ex-punter Hunter Niswander had it prior.

But Diggs’s old No. 27 isn’t being abandoned. Safety Jayron Kearse will don that number moving forward, ditching No. 32.

Draft picks who survive camp and make it onto the regular roster are often issued new numbers as digit combos open up after cuts. Rookie linebacker Jabril Cox moves from No. 48 to No. 14, the number worn last year by backup quarterback Andy Dalton. First-year cornerback Nahshon Wright goes from No. 40 to No. 25. And defensive tackle Osa Odighizuwa swaps his No. 75 for No. 97.

Undrafted linebacker and current Hard Knocks favorite Azur Kamara steps into a number with some historical significance. Having worn No. 43 thus far in his Cowboys football journey, he’ll switch to No. 54. That number, of course, has long been associated with some of the franchise’s biggest defensive names: Chuck Howley, Randy White, and- most recently- Jaylon Smith.

As noted by the team website’s Kyle Youmans, newly-signed quarterback Will Grier will adopt No. 3, while new running back Corey Clement will wear No. 43.

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