Live football about to start in steamy Canton

August, 9, 2009
8/09/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

CANTON, Ohio -- Stifling is the best word I can come up with.

The Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans broke a sweat just thinking about playing tonight's Pro Football Hall of Fame Game at Fawcett Stadium.

Temperatures reached the mid-90s this afternoon in Northeast Ohio. While the heat has eased a tad as shadows have gotten longer, it's still a sauna here.

Both teams are on the field, showing off their AFL throwback uniforms. The Bills are in their white-on-white duds and white helmets with the red buffalo. The Titans are honoring their origins in Houston Oilers gear. They're wearing blue jerseys, white pants and blue helmets with the derrick.

Only things missing are kickers in single-bar facemasks.

Here are a few pregame notes and storylines to follow for tonight's game:

  • Terrell Owens will be making his Bills debut. Don't expect him to play long, though.
  • The Bills will operate their no-huddle offense against a live opponent for the first time.
  • New left tackle Langston Walker will get to face right end Kyle Vanden Bosch.
  • Gibran Hamdan, not Ryan Fitzpatrick, is listed as the No. 2 quarterback on Buffalo's pregame depth chart.
  • Marshawn Lynch, who will be suspended for the first three games, is listed as the starting running back.
  • Rookie guards Eric Wood and Andy Levitre are in the starting lineup.
  • Bills cornerback Reggie Corner is a Canton native and played high school games at Fawcett Stadium.

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