As free agency opened a months ago, the Minnesota Vikings had a clear plan and quickly made New York Giants’ free agent defensive tackle Linval Joseph their top target.
The Vikings accomplished their goal, agreeing to a deal with Joseph. They are hopeful that they can pair him with one of their three first round picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, and form one of the best defensive tackle duos in the NFL. Joseph was originally drafted by the Giants with the 46th overall pick in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. The former East Carolina Pirate had an up-and-down rookie year, playing in just six games, but quickly carved out a role in his second season. Joseph had 59 tackles and 3.0 sacks in 15 games last season.
The Vikings, via Matt Vensel of The Minneapolis Star Tribune, Joseph was shot in the calf at a night club in down Minneapolis and is okay.
#vikings announce that NT Linval Joseph was shot at a nightclub in downtown Minneapolis. Hit in the calf and is OK, they say.
— Matt Vensel (@mattvensel) August 9, 2014
Linval Joseph suffered a minor injury during the shooting “when a stray bullet struck his calf,” they say. He has been treated and released. — Matt Vensel (@mattvensel) August 9, 2014
Vikings DT Linval Joseph was among those wounded in nightclub shooting in Minneapolis. Team says he was “innocent bystander”
— Access Vikings (@AccessVikings) August 9, 2014
With the history of the Vikings and some of their disciplinary problems,this is something you never want to see. The good news is obviously that Joseph is reportedly fine and it seems it is a pretty minor injury considering he has already been treated and released.