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Salutations from Ralph Wilson Stadium

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Clouds are covering Ralph Wilson Stadium and a light, steady rain is falling a couple hours before the Buffalo Bills will kick off the season against the Miami Dolphins.

But it's opening day, which, by definition, is a beautiful day.

A few notes:

  • Bills safety George Wilson and Dolphins running back Ricky Williams, NFL Players Association team representatives, spoke Saturday about reprising the union solidarity salute staged before Thursday night's game between the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints in the Superdome. Wilson and Williams were to meet again before the game to make a final determination of whether they would follow through.

  • Haven't seen the official inactive list for either team, but Dolphins inside linebacker Channing Crowder is out. He didn't make the trip because of a groin injury.

  • Before the game, Bills running back Fred Jackson made a jersey presentation to the Pro Football Hall of Fame to commemorate his record-breaking 2009 season. Jackson led the NFL in all-purpose yards with 2,516, fourth in league history.

  • Interesting note in the Bills' pregame media packet: When quarterback Trent Edwards has a passer rating of 80 or higher (with a minimum 20 pass attempts), the Bills are 11-2.