The photos of the Detroit Lions’ first organized team activity practice have been released, and they solve one of the team’s biggest mysteries out of season. Lions first-round pick Penei Sewell, who missed the rookies minicamp due to a positive COVID-19 test, wore a Lions jersey for the first time on the field, finally revealing his jersey number: 58.
This jersey number matches the one he had in Oregon. His timing in the NFL is perfect, as the league recently changed the jersey number rules that now allow offensive linemen other than crosses to wear jersey numbers in the 50-59 range. Previously, guards and tackles were only allowed to wear numbers between 60 and 79.
Of course, Sewell assuming number 58 raises another question: What number will linebacker Jamie Collins Sr. wear in 2021? Last year Collins wore number 58, but due to new NFL rules he will be able to change ports any number between 10-59 (or 90-99). He has also previously worn the numbers 51 in Cleveland (currently owned by Jahlani Tavai) and 91 (held by John Penisini last year).
But before you go out shopping for a Sewell 58 jersey, remember that all of that is subject to change. Players often change jersey numbers after the cuts in August, and nothing is official from the team yet. He’s still numberless on the Lions website and they still sell # 1 generic jerseys in the team store. That being said, the signs are that Sewell is keeping his college number at the NFL level.