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Get ready to add to your jersey collection Ravens fans, the rookies have been assigned their numbers.
Well, you might want to wait on one player – Baltimore’s first 2010 draft pick Sergio Kindle.
Since all the eligible linebacker numbers – Nos. 50-59 and 90-99 – are taken or reserved (O.J. Brigance’s No. 57), Kindle was temporarily assigned the closest thing in No. 49.
After the roster is pared down, but before the beginning of the season, Kindle will move into a different jersey. He couldn’t take his college number (No. 2) because that’s reserved for quarterbacks, kickers or punters.
Only wide receiver David Reed was able to keep his college number (16). Defensive tackle Terrence Cody moves to No. 63 because guard/center David Hale already has No. 62. Tight end Ed Dickson’s college No. 83 is owned by tight end Davon Drew.
Players are assigned the number by longtime Equipment Manager Ed Carroll, who then gets it approved by Head Coach John Harbaugh.
The players don’t have input into what number they are assigned and don’t find out what it is until they walk through the Owings Mills front doors for the first time (or if they read this blog). Rookies can arrive at the facility starting May 6.
Here’s the rundown:
#49 – OLB Sergio Kindle (Texas. 2)
#63 – DT Terrence Cody (Alabama, 62)
#80 – TE Ed Dickson (Oregon, 83)
#88 – TE Dennis Pitta (Brigham Young, 32)
#16 – WR David Reed (Utah, 16)
#61 – DT Art Jones (Syracuse, 97)
#78 – OL Ramon Harewood (Morehouse, 77)