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Rivers wants to change his number

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Cincinnati Bengals rookie first-round pick Keith Rivers wants to make a last-minute number change before Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens, two sources have confirmed.

Rivers wants to change his No. 58 jersey to No. 55 -- his college number at USC -- after former teammate Ahmad Brooks was released by Cincinnati over the weekend. Rivers has until the end of the business day Thursday to make a decision and report it to the league, or he will be forced to stick with his original number for the remainder of the 2008 season.

One source said the holdup is with Rivers' marketing deal with Reebok, in which No. 58 Bengals jerseys were already printed for the season. Therefore Rivers would have to pay a fee to the company if the jerseys become obsolete. The source estimated that cost to be "roughly $10,000."

Another source said Rivers definitely wants to change his number before Sunday's game but wasn't aware of why there was a holdup.

The Bengals took Rivers with the No. 9 overall pick in April's NFL draft. He will make his first career start Sunday in Baltimore.