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Bills vs. Colts live chat, NFL preseason Week 1: first half open thread

The 2013 Buffalo Bills season is officially underway, and we're talking about their preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts live in the comments section below. Join us, won't you?

Matthew Stockman

The 2013 NFL preseason has finally arrived for the Buffalo Bills and the Indianapolis Colts, who are set to kick off each team's preseason opener in just about 60 minutes.

Which Bills players will not be participating in this contest? Here's the inactive list: Stevie Johnson (hamstring), Brad Smith (unknown), Kevin Elliott (shoulder), Scott Chandler (rest - knee), Mike Caussin (hip), Chris Hairston (PUP - back), Keith Williams (unknown), Aaron Tipoti (unknown), Keith Pough (unknown), Leodis McKelvin (soreness), Justin Rogers (hamstring), and Jairus Byrd (no-show).

Smith, Chandler and McKelvin did not make the trip to Indy. Keep in mind, also, that Kevin Kolb (knee) is only slated to play if needed in an emergency situation. EJ Manuel starts at quarterback. Robert Woods will run with the ones in place of Johnson, and Ron Brooks replaces McKelvin in the starting lineup. Also expected to play, though obviously not for long: Mario Williams and Kyle Williams.

This is your open thread to discuss what you see in the first half of today's game (and, if things are particularly busy, we'll cut it off after the first quarter to keep threads running at top pace). Enjoy the exhibition, Bills fans, and remember: this game will be the deciding factor between either 0-16 or 19-0.