ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- For Buffalo Bills fans wanting their new star player's jersey: Yes, folks, T.O. will be No. 81.
The Bills said Thursday that newly signed wide receiver Terrell Owens will wear his familiar number and that second-year pro James Hardy will switch to No. 84.
Hardy, the Bills' second-round draft pick out of Indiana last year, wore No. 81 during his rookie season.
It's unclear whether Hardy will be compensated by Owens to switch numbers. In the past, veteran players joining new teams have been known to pay for or provide compensation for the right to switch numbers.
Owens has worn No. 81 throughout his NFL career, but he wore No. 80 in college at Chattanooga.
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