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Chiefs’ De’Anthony Thomas switches to jersey No. 13

De’Anthony Thomas will switch from No. 1 to No. 13 to be in compliance with NFL rules, which prohibit non-quarterback skill players from wearing single digits during the regular season.
De’Anthony Thomas will switch from No. 1 to No. 13 to be in compliance with NFL rules, which prohibit non-quarterback skill players from wearing single digits during the regular season. The Kansas City Star

Those of you who have been wondering what jersey number speedy running back De’Anthony Thomas will don in the season opener against the Tennessee Titans finally have your answer.

A team spokesman confirmed Saturday that Thomas will switch from No. 1 to No. 13 to be in compliance with NFL rules, which prohibit non-quarterback skill players from wearing single digits during the regular season.

The rules also dictate that running backs must wear numbers ranging from 20 to 49, but there was likely enough ambiguity in Thomas’ position — he’s also gotten plenty of work at wideout — that the league will let him wear a receive number.

But Thomas isn’t the only Chief to change jersey numbers Saturday. Tight end Demetrius Harris has switched from No. 47 to No. 84, safety Kelcie McCray has switched from No. 46 to No. 24, guard Mike McGlynn has switched from No. 67 to No. 75 while receiver Albert Wilson has switched from No. 8 to No. 12.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at @TerezPaylor.

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