New Packers LB Jaylon Smith will wear No. 9

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The Green Bay Packers will have a linebacker wearing a single-digit uniform number.

Jaylon Smith, who officially signed with the Packers on Thursday, will wear No. 9, the number he wore for four games with the Dallas Cowboys this season.

The number was previously worn by Packers kicker JJ Molson, who is on the practice squad, but he switched to No. 11.

Smith wore No. 9 at Notre Dame. He became the first Cowboys player to wear No. 9 since Tony Romo retired in 2017.

According to Todd Archer of ESPN, Smith had to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to switch from No. 54 to No. 9 with the Cowboys this season. He previously wore No. 54 because the five and four added up to nine.

The NFL allowed players to wear new uniform numbers starting this season, so Smith went back to his college number.

Smith becomes the first Packers defensive player to wear a single-digit number. Rookie receiver Amari Rodgers wears No. 8 and is the only offensive skill position player to have a single-digit number.

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