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Vikings DT Linval Joseph shot in calf outside club

Linval Joseph

Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph was one of 11 people shot after a man opened fire outside a club in downtown Minneapolis early Saturday morning.

According to the Star Tribune, police said 8 of the 11 people shot were treated at a hospital. Two of the victims are in serious condition but expected to survive.

Joseph spent four seasons with the New York Giants and is in his first with the Vikings. The team issued the following statement Saturday:

Following last night’s preseason game, Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph was an innocent bystander to the shooting that took place at the 400 SoundBar in downtown Minneapolis. Linval suffered a minor injury during the shooting when a stray bullet struck his calf. He was immediately taken to the hospital where he was treated for his injury and released. He is expected to return to his coaches and teammates this week.

The entire Vikings organization is extremely thankful that Linval was not seriously hurt, and our thoughts are with all of the victims of this shooting. The team will defer any further comment to the Minneapolis Police Department during its ongoing investigation.

Joseph has made 59 tackles each of the past two seasons and has 9 sacks in the past three. He underwent a right shoulder surgery prior to signing a five-year, $31.5 million deal with the team and missed the team’s minicamp. It’s unclear how long he will be out.

Redskins CB Josh Wilson: Giants player was stomping on heads

Any time the New York Giants get together with an NFC East division rival, things have a tendency to get chippy. We saw that at various points throughout the night during New York’s loss to the Washington Redskins on Monday, but for the most part it seemed like the officials did a good job of keeping things under control. However, Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson said there was plenty of post-whistle activity.

When Alfred Morris fumbled in the third quarter, a pile-up for the ball led to some pushing, shoving and even a little kicking. As you can see from this video, Giants defensive tackle Linval Joseph swung his leg at Washington center Will Montgomery. It was hardly a brutal kick, but Wilson said someone was “stomping heads” on the field.

“I don’t know how this one got away, but they had a Albert Haynesworth head stomper out there that kinda got away with it,” Wilson told Holden and Danny on 106.7 The Fan, via D.C. Sports Bog. “I’m sure the league is gonna review that for the Giants. But I haven’t seen somebody, well, besides Suh, that had some head-stomping going on that hasn’t been up in Detroit.”

Unless Wilson is talking about an incident other than the one that involved Joseph and Montgomery, it sounds like he’s exaggerating a bit. In fact, he’s exaggerating even more if he’s referring to the Ndamukong Suh stomping incident from last Thanksgiving as a head stomp.

Am I saying any type of kick toward a player who is laying on the ground is right? Not at all, but there’s no need to lie like kindergarteners in an attempt to get your opponent into trouble.

Screenshot via NFL.com