Updated jersey numbers for Pats

September, 2, 2012
9/02/12
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The Patriots announced the following jersey number changes/assignments on Sunday evening:

WR Greg Salas -- 17 (last worn by Kerry Taylor)
WR Sam Kirkland -- 19 (last worn by Donte' Stallworth)
FB James Develin -- 46 (last worn by Spencer Larsen)
LB Mike Rivera -- 59 (from 47; last worn by Bobby Carpenter)
OL Matt Tennant -- 69 (last worn by Kyle Hix)
OL Thomas Austin -- 72 (last worn by Derek Dennis)
TE Visanthe Shiancoe -- 80 (from 82; last worn by Jeremy Ebert)
DE Jake Bequette -- 92 (from 66; last worn by Gerard Warren)
DE Justin Francis -- 94 (from 68; last worn by Marcus Harrison)
DT Marcus Forston -- 98 (from 65; last worn by Jonathan Fanene)

Meanwhile, the team has yet to announce a change for rookie linebacker Dont'a Hightower, who wore No. 45 in the preseason. Linebackers must wear either 50s or 90s.

The most likely number for Hightower appears to be No. 93, last worn by Tim Bulman. No. 90 is also available, although Niko Koutouvides' locker was still set up on Sunday with his No. 90 nameplate.

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter

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