James Conner will wear No. 6 for the Cardinals
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The NFL owners passed a rule last month that loosens the restrictions on jersey numbers, including allowing more players to wear single-digit numbers. Former Steelers running back James Conner announced today on Instagram that he'll be wearing No. 6 for the Cardinals.
Conner wore No. 30 for the Steelers and wore No. 24 at Pitt, so the reasoning behind choosing to wear No. 6 with the Cardinals is unclear as of right now. Perhaps with the fresh start in Arizona, he wanted to change things up and go with a single-digit number.
JuJu Smith-Schuster wore No. 9 in college at USC and last month on Twitter asked fans if he should switch from No. 19 to No. 9.
Steelers kicker Chris Boswell wears No. 9, so Smith-Schuster would have to compensate Boswell to get his number. Boswell told Smith-Schuster on Instagram, 'Just gimme a blank check and it's yours."
However, Smith-Schuster told Cody Benjamin of CBS Sports that it's 50-50 he sticks with No. 19 since he's branded himself with that number the last four years. It can also be quite costly to buy back produced yet unsold jerseys from the NFL.