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Mile High Morning: 'Thursday Night Football,' jersey-number regulations among top changes from NFL Annual Meeting


The Lead

It's been a busy few days as the Annual Meeting in Phoenix, as the Broncos' top executives and decision-makers have spoken about the state of the organization.

There's more happening, though, that will impact Denver during the 2023 season.

Perhaps most notably, NFL owners approved a proposal that would allow teams to play two short-week "Thursday Night Football" games in a season.

Teams will also no longer be guaranteed to play on "Thursday Night Football" as part of the change.

On the field, a couple of players may also look a little different each week, as the league approved a rule change that will allow players to wear No. 0.

Any player — other than an offensive or defensive lineman — would be permitted to wear the jersey number beginning in 2023.

In 1962, a fullback named John Olszewski wore No. 0 for Denver. To date, it's the only time that number has been worn for the franchise — but he may soon have company.

Below the Fold

In addition to the above changes, the lead-up to the season will also look different.

In a shift from previous years, there will now be just one roster cutdown date ahead of the season. Instead of the tiered approach in recent years — in which a team went from 90 to 85 to 80 to 53 — teams will only be required to move from 90 to 53.

Denver was among the teams to support the resolution, according to the NFL.

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