The Minnesota Vikings released a statement declaring that former East Carolina defensive tackle Linval Joseph was shot by a stray bullet in the calf outside a night club. The team said that Joseph was merely a bystander and that the whole thing was an accident, and a fortunate one in that it was not worse. Joseph, according to the statement, has been to the hospital, treated, and released. He is expected to return to the team this week.
Joseph was signed by the Vikings in the off season to become an anchor for their defensive line. Joseph had spent the last several years with the Giants, and had established himself as a run stuffer and space eater that freed up the Giants defensive ends around him to more easily rush opposing quarterbacks.
Minnesota has a tradition of strong defensive linemen dating back to the Purple People Eaters, and Joseph was brought in to continue that tradition after Kevin Williams left for Seattle. Joseph collected three sacks and 34 tackles for the Giants last year, but the key thing to remember is that Joseph is 6’-4” and 328 lbs.
Joseph played for East Carolina from 2007-2009. He had 6 sacks and 29 tackles for loss over his three years with the Pirates. He played fullback and plunged in from a yard out in 2009. Hopefully Linval Joseph will make a full and speedy recovery and be back on the field to aid his fellow Minnesota Vikings in the near future.
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