Number changes dot Cardinals' roster

September, 4, 2013
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I wanted to pass along a few number changes since the Arizona Cardinals' roster was reduced to 53.

I mentioned safety Rashad Johnson is now No. 26 instead of No. 49. He wanted a clean start under first-year coach Bruce Arians.

“New season, new regime, new look,” Johnson said. “I just felt like if I was going to do it, this was the perfect time to do it.”

Johnson’s Twitter handle is @49foyamind49, a tribute to his former number, which he said was assigned to him as a walk-on at Alabama. Johnson became an All-SEC player and a two-time captain for the Tide.

“So 49 is always going to be something that’s in my heart and means a lot to me,” Johnson said.

Other number changes:

No. 73 – RT Eric Winston (Old: 65)
No. 56 – LB Karlos Dansby (Old: 55)
No. 55 – LB John Abraham (Old: 53)
No. 52 – LB Jasper Brinkley (Old: 54)
No. 22 – S Tony Jefferson (Old: 36)

Josh Weinfuss

ESPN Arizona Cardinals reporter

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