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Reuters Buffalo defensive end Alex Carrington (92) and outside linebacker Manny Lawson sack Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder during the first half of a preseason game Friday at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y.

NFL preseason: Bills take down Minnesota

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — With no Adrian Peterson to worry about, Jerry Hughes and the Buffalo Bills’ defense thoroughly stymied Christian Ponder and the Minnesota Vikings in 20-16 preseason victory Friday night.

Hughes had two sacks and forced a fumble, and backup linebacker Jamie Blatnick recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown. Hughes was starting in place of defensive end Mario Williams, who was held out after complaining of soreness following practice Wednesday.

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