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Warm (too warm) greetings from The Ralph

(Note: The Bills previously announced running back Johnny White would not dress tonight, but they informed the press box right before kickoff that White will be available to play.)

By Tim Graham

Kid's Night is a steamer here at Ralph Wilson Stadium, where the Buffalo Bills will play the Pittsburgh Steelers at 7 tonight.

The Weather Channel says the temperature is 87 degrees with 33 percent humidity in Orchard Park as I'm writing this. But conditions feel even stickier than that and will have the starters anticipating the third quarter, when they will relinquish the field to the backups.

No wonder there's only a smattering of players warming up on the field at the moment. They won't need to work hard to loosen up tonight.

Earlier today, I posted a list of storylines to look out for tonight. There have been no major pregame developments.

The Bills have only two inactive players: right tackle Erik Pears and defensive end Mark Anderson. Cornerbacks Terrence McGee and Justin Rogers are active.

Not in uniform for the Steelers tonight are running backs Rashard Mendenhall and Jason Ford, outside linebacker James Harrison and inside linebacker Stevenson Sylvester.

Follow along with our thoughts on Twitter as the night goes on: @ByTimGraham, @gggaughan and @TBNbucky.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | [email protected]

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