The Minnesota Vikings are expecting defensive tackle Linval Joseph back for their regular season opener after he was shot at a nightclub.
Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph was shot in the calf by a stray bullet Saturday night when he was at a nightclub. Fortunately, he was not seriously injured by the bullet.
The Vikings are expecting Joseph back for the regular-season opener against the St. Louis Rams, and he will be a vital piece to their defense. “We expect him to make a full recovery and definitely be ready by the regular season,” general manager Rick Spielman told the Star Tribune.
The former New York Giant was signed to a five-year contract worth $31.5 million, so he is expected to fill the void that Kevin Williams left and help the Vikings defend the run.
Joseph will also be able to provide an interior pass-rushing presence. He has posted seven sacks in his last two seasons with the Giants, and the Vikings are in need of a pass rush.
The lack of one negatively affected their defense last season, and it finished last in the NFL in scoring defense with 30 points per game allowed.