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Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph shot after game

Mike Zimmer, Linval Joseph AP

The key to the preseason for NFL teams is to escape uninjured.

That applies to the post-game as well.

The Vikings announced that defensive tackle Linval Joseph was shot in the leg last night at a nightclub after the game.

“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,” the statement read. “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.”

Whether he’s able to come back and play is secondary at the moment, as he’s fortunate to have suffered only minor injuries.

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122 Responses to “Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph shot after game”
  1. favrelous says: Aug 9, 2014 1:04 PM

    I heard Suh was in the area. At the club with Ray Lewis.

  2. bonnovi says: Aug 9, 2014 1:04 PM

    The moral of the story is to not go to a place where you could get shot.

  3. canetic says: Aug 9, 2014 1:05 PM

    Who among us can say we weren’t shot at a nightclub last night?

  4. vikingsnorth says: Aug 9, 2014 1:06 PM

    The Vikes can take bullets! No limp collar bones in Minnesota.

  5. FlashPatterson says: Aug 9, 2014 1:06 PM

    huh… maybe don’t go to nightclubs. Nothing good ever happens at them, you waste money and pick up greasy chicks.. or you know, get shot.

  6. Youknowimright says: Aug 9, 2014 1:07 PM

    Sounds like a bang bang play. Hey oh. These guys will never learn.

  7. crippled4life says: Aug 9, 2014 1:07 PM

    Shades of Plaice Burress.

  8. Steeler Nation is so far above you and your lowly franchise. We built this league. Pittsburgh's three rivers are made from the tears of our opponents. Bow to your supreme overlords. says: Aug 9, 2014 1:07 PM

    No less than he deserved.

  9. mrozma says: Aug 9, 2014 1:08 PM

    I just remembered the Patriots assassin hasn’t been convicted yet.

  10. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Aug 9, 2014 1:09 PM

    Players should be allowed to go out and do what they’d like. BUT, last time I checked, it’s still in the middle of training camp. The offseason is over.

  11. thepftpoet says: Aug 9, 2014 1:09 PM

    The best DT in the game.

    Yesterday’s preseason game just proved the inevitable.

    We’re winning the Super Bowl next year.

    Pure.

    Dominance.

    Our history and future will be unmatched.

  12. vikings1976 says: Aug 9, 2014 1:11 PM

    bonnovi says: Aug 9, 2014 1:04 PM

    The moral of the story is to not go to a place where you could get shot.

    **************************************************

    Like school?

  13. footballguy5 says: Aug 9, 2014 1:12 PM

    Reports say Plaxico fired the shot.

  14. gargamelsmentor says: Aug 9, 2014 1:13 PM

    A shooting in Minneapolis??? Are you sure it wasn’t a red pellet from a paintball “gun”?

  15. iamthorny says: Aug 9, 2014 1:13 PM

    Was he hanging with former Giant, Plaxico Burress?

  16. shaggyjeff says: Aug 9, 2014 1:13 PM

    Viking should stick to boating parties …

  17. codythao35 says: Aug 9, 2014 1:14 PM

    As a Vikings fan I’d say this is a head scratcher. Why would you go to any club? Only losers go clubbing. You got money and good life, stay home or go some where else that’s safe.

  18. calvinthegreat82 says: Aug 9, 2014 1:14 PM

    lil baby small hands couldn’t hold onto the football yesterday…..

    His finger extension supplements will take time to take effect…

  19. bigblu73 says: Aug 9, 2014 1:16 PM

    Talk about bad luck…….4 years in NYC nothing, 6 months in the concrete jungle known as the TWIN CITIES, and he catches a stray bullet!!! What are the odds of that??

    To everybody with their snarky comments, may KARMA BE YOUR GUIDE!!!

    Wishing LJ a speedy recovery!!!!

  20. themeccalambeaufield says: Aug 9, 2014 1:16 PM

    Fits in with Minnesota already by putting himself near trouble. The team didn’t lead the NFL in arrests last year by coincidence. Wait for the rest to come out and I wouldn’t be surprised to hear it was one of the coaches who is fed up with his poor performances already.

  21. deathonwings410 says: Aug 9, 2014 1:17 PM

    Maybe Hernandez is still bitter about that SB loss…

  22. codythao35 says: Aug 9, 2014 1:19 PM

    Perhaps it’s the peewee Packer fans that did it bc they know Barr put crushed Rodgers and Linval will put Lazzzzy to sleep.

  23. nyking1963 says: Aug 9, 2014 1:20 PM

    Suspect sought in shooting was seen wearing a white suit with blood stains covering it
    Where was Ray Lewis and where did he find his long lost suit?

  24. j0esixpack says: Aug 9, 2014 1:21 PM

    I’ll bet Roger Goodell takes immediate action and issues a memo urging players to “try not to get shot.”

  25. DaveKShape says: Aug 9, 2014 1:22 PM

    I’m sure whatever dispute caused the person to pull a gun and shoot was truly honorable and worthy of such progressive measures.

  26. soulmancer says: Aug 9, 2014 1:25 PM

    It sounds, from the information available, that he was an innocent victim. Hopefully he makes a speedy recovery.

  27. officialgame says: Aug 9, 2014 1:26 PM

    Can’t these guys just go home and go to bed?

  28. lurch61 says: Aug 9, 2014 1:27 PM

    gotta watch out after you play the Raiders. Niners went through that as well (although media mistakenly blamed 49er fans….always raiders!)

  29. clamdiggers says: Aug 9, 2014 1:28 PM

    Vikings finally playing in a stadium more suited for there level of play… College

  30. clamdiggers says: Aug 9, 2014 1:29 PM

    Probably shot himself to get out having to play with this dumpster of a team and stadium…

  31. packerbackernj says: Aug 9, 2014 1:31 PM

    The Vikings are a dumpster fire and deserve to be a part of the CFL, not the NFL.

  32. jimeejohnson says: Aug 9, 2014 1:32 PM

    “The moral of the story is to not go to a place where you could get shot.”

    That’s right: stay in your homes, and hide. Yeah right!

  33. vickspuppy says: Aug 9, 2014 1:32 PM

    I’m guessing the shot was self-inflicted after the way they played last night. Unfortunately for him, it was only a flesh wound so he’ll still have to play for that horrid team this season.

  34. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 9, 2014 1:34 PM

    Are you sure the location wasnt mistaken? You sure the nightclub wasnt in Chicago?

  35. dalcow4 says: Aug 9, 2014 1:34 PM

    Here’s some advice boys– Find a good woman and make her your wife.

  36. RavenzGunnerz says: Aug 9, 2014 1:35 PM

    “The moral of the story is to not go to a place where you could get shot.”

    So, avoid America, Syria and Iraq then?

  37. cribbage12 says: Aug 9, 2014 1:35 PM

    Best DL in the game who got shot in the leg early this morning in downtown Minny.

  38. mdd913 says: Aug 9, 2014 1:38 PM

    Why waste a bullet on a Vikings player? They’re just going to die from their own shame and misery anyway.

  39. jimmysee says: Aug 9, 2014 1:38 PM

    That would never happen in Green Bay.

    Except during duck hunting season.

  40. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 9, 2014 1:40 PM

    Like the saying goes, nothing good ever happens at a nightclub after a Vikings-Raiders pre-season game.

  41. packmanfan says: Aug 9, 2014 1:42 PM

    thepftpoet says:
    Aug 9, 2014 1:09 PM
    The best DT in the game.

    Yesterday’s preseason game just proved the inevitable.

    We’re winning the Super Bowl next year.

    Pure.

    Dominance.

    Our history and future will be unmatched.
    ———————————————————–

    I gave you thumbs up for this one.
    Not because this Packers fan agrees with you.
    It’s because your joke made me laugh!

  42. packmanfan says: Aug 9, 2014 1:42 PM

    Can you really blame the shooter?
    If I was a Vikings fan, I’d be frustrated to.

  43. packmanfan says: Aug 9, 2014 1:45 PM

    j0esixpack says:
    Aug 9, 2014 1:21 PM
    I’ll bet Roger Goodell takes immediate action and issues a memo urging players to “try not to get shot.”
    —————————————————————

    And he is going to issue fines for those that do.
    “How else can I make some more money? Oh, I know!” Rubs hands together and does an evil laugh.

  44. revelation123 says: Aug 9, 2014 1:47 PM

    Another Pouncey birthday party gone wrong.

  45. turboh says: Aug 9, 2014 1:48 PM

    Can we please just get back to the stories about the Redskins changing their name!!!! Lord knows that is what everyone wants to hear about!!!!!

  46. steeelfann says: Aug 9, 2014 1:52 PM

    Funny, another lib judge just ordered the ten commandments removed.

    Let’s just keep the shootings going.

  47. themagicfanguy says: Aug 9, 2014 1:53 PM

    It’s Minnesota so you know he wasn’t going to find a dime in that club, just fatties and meth-mouths. He probably asked Bridgewater to end all the pain of being on that pathetic franchise but the gun slipped in Teddy’s cute little hands.

  48. fordmandalay says: Aug 9, 2014 1:56 PM

    NRA; “If only every other drunken angry person in the nightclub had also been armed, this tragedy could have been avoided!”

  49. kferguson2002 says: Aug 9, 2014 1:58 PM

    I’m guessing he missed the departure time of the party boat.

  50. oldcracker says: Aug 9, 2014 2:02 PM

    Has anyone seen Marvin Harrison lately?

  51. GenXJay says: Aug 9, 2014 2:04 PM

    of he were a packer, their medical staff would immediately implement yoga sessions to recovery.

  52. gbfanforever says: Aug 9, 2014 2:05 PM

    That’s Minneapolis for you

  53. JMClarkent says: Aug 9, 2014 2:06 PM

    Who would have thought that Oakland would have been a safer destination?

  54. dd393 says: Aug 9, 2014 2:07 PM

    They’re in midseason form. Skol Vikings!

  55. gammynomnom says: Aug 9, 2014 2:07 PM

    Was the bouncer George Zimmerman?

  56. silverdeer says: Aug 9, 2014 2:10 PM

    Rumor has it that the shooter was a Minny QB showing they can shoot a gun more accurately than they can throw a football.

  57. taintedsaints2009 says: Aug 9, 2014 2:14 PM

    I understand why athletes go to places like this: they are treated like celebrities and get whatever they want. I can’t say I wouldn’t go if I had that kind of power. What I don’t understand are average joes who go to those places, spend money they don’t have, stand around for hours trying to look tough so the girls come to them, and leave with nothing. Such a waste.

  58. pack13queens0 says: Aug 9, 2014 2:15 PM

    No real surprise considering Minneapolis is the most dangerous city in America. This would never have happened in Green Bay.

  59. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 9, 2014 2:18 PM

    ’tis but a flesh wound.

  60. indywilson40 says: Aug 9, 2014 2:18 PM

    The Plaxico jokes are as lame as it gets.

  61. leagueobservr says: Aug 9, 2014 2:24 PM

    After that resounding preseason victory against the mighty Oakland Raiders, yes, we’re Superbowl-bound, lets go clubbing to celebrate! While the Green Bay Packers were safely in their beds, sound asleep, or up late studying their playbooks.

    This is what separates the wheat from the chaffe…

  62. smartestpackerfan says: Aug 9, 2014 2:26 PM

    Even with only one leg, he is better than anybody on the D-Line for the Packers…

  63. mypercyhurts2 says: Aug 9, 2014 2:26 PM

    steeelfann says:
    Aug 9, 2014 1:52 PM

    Funny, another lib judge just ordered the ten commandments removed.

    Let’s just keep the shootings going.
    _____________________

    And yet, history reveals that religious beliefs cause more deaths than everything but natural causes. Funny indeed.

  64. tvguy22 says: Aug 9, 2014 2:28 PM

    In a nightclub? No way!

  65. beattention says: Aug 9, 2014 2:29 PM

    What is it with these guys why do they have the need to visit a night club every night?

  66. alewatcher says: Aug 9, 2014 2:30 PM

    pack13queens0 says: Aug 9, 2014 2:15 PM

    No real surprise considering Minneapolis is the most dangerous city in America. This would never have happened in Green Bay.

    —————–
    Is that because nothing ever happens in Green Bay?

  67. sonofad says: Aug 9, 2014 2:30 PM

    Viking fans and guns – Darwin is loving it.

  68. corkspop says: Aug 9, 2014 2:38 PM

    Saw the headline. Thought maybe by the coach…………

  69. farminfool says: Aug 9, 2014 2:41 PM

    Hold him out of the preseason game so he doesn’t get hurt. The go get shot at a nightclub. Next time play him the entire preseason so he will be to tired.

  70. smackingfools says: Aug 9, 2014 2:41 PM

    Nothing good happens after 5 pm.

  71. packsoldier says: Aug 9, 2014 2:50 PM

    I see the Viking players never learned from the Love Boat fiasco – stupid as ever and will never, ever win a Super Bowl. So sad.

  72. rjkilla says: Aug 9, 2014 2:51 PM

    seriously don’t get the whole nightclub scene. overpriced drinks, drunkin idiots with guns, herpes everywhere…sounds fun

  73. vincelombardisghost says: Aug 9, 2014 2:53 PM

    Best DL in the game? Says who? Never heard of him other than twice a year when makes one decent play when the Queens get beat by the Packers.

  74. bbbmf says: Aug 9, 2014 2:55 PM

    No one had a problem with Zach Mettenberger being in a bar the night he got ‘sucker punched’. Why the double standard?

  75. RegisHawk says: Aug 9, 2014 2:56 PM

    In related news, Aldon Smith missed bed-check last night.

  76. sterling7 says: Aug 9, 2014 2:56 PM

    I’ve been a Minnesota Viking 4life since 1968 (translated means glutton for punishment) and as I have always said where the Minnesota Vikings are concerned, no matter who the owner is or who the players are or who the coaching staff is-“it’s always something”!

  77. yb1956 says: Aug 9, 2014 2:58 PM

    Too many people here trying to be funny after a bullet hits an nfl player. Sad.

  78. tokyofilthblaster says: Aug 9, 2014 2:58 PM

    Problem solved. Speildope just traded a 2nd round pick to the Seahawks for Kevin Williams.

  79. MossMoon2Packers says: Aug 9, 2014 3:03 PM

    Maybe someone should posit why our society tolerates bringing guns into public venues.

  80. wheezerswin says: Aug 9, 2014 3:08 PM

    Hope for a speedy recovery. Hope everyone else was not too badly hurt

  81. boisestatewhodat says: Aug 9, 2014 3:09 PM

    Sean Payton would never allow his players in a nightclub during training camp…This is why the saints are always championship contenders and the vikings go 3-13.

    XLIV Champs!

  82. 12rocks says: Aug 9, 2014 3:10 PM

    Chris Klewe chimes in in 3…2…1…

  83. codythao35 says: Aug 9, 2014 3:14 PM

    Better than busted Bj Rusty in Green Bay and Biggest QB hands in the NFL Rodgers never fumble the ball who’s hands are the sizes of cheese heads. LOL!!!

  84. kimtrouard says: Aug 9, 2014 3:27 PM

    …this is not Detroit, man!

  85. camdenyard says: Aug 9, 2014 4:05 PM

    “was shot in the leg last night at a nightclub…”

    Seriously, who do high profile people go to nightclubs anymore? Nothing but problems.

  86. asgrimsnorrison says: Aug 9, 2014 4:06 PM

    Now he has to go purify himself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka.

  87. purpleguy says: Aug 9, 2014 4:24 PM

    I suppose Packer fans are commenting is such large numbers because they appreciate this distraction from the daily ACL tear and/or hammy pull occurring at their camp.

  88. tim8450 says: Aug 9, 2014 4:26 PM

    Well, we know it wasn’t a vikings QB, they can’t hit anything, am I right?

  89. tim8450 says: Aug 9, 2014 4:27 PM

    Mo’ guns, mo’ problems.

  90. veence69 says: Aug 9, 2014 4:42 PM

    Vikings player gets shot, will return to team this week. Meanwhile in Green Bay another one hits the IR.

  91. shaggytoodle says: Aug 9, 2014 4:55 PM

    In the Comish’s mind he probably things this is worse than what Ray Rice did. So he will be suspended for 3 games.

  92. slick50ks says: Aug 9, 2014 5:06 PM

    Apparently the faiders team bus broke down and the team stayed in town.

  93. drewzducks says: Aug 9, 2014 5:16 PM

    Does Chris Kluwe have an alibi ?

  94. riverhorsey says: Aug 9, 2014 5:16 PM

    {bonnovi says}

    {The moral of the story is to not go to a place where you could get shot.}

    ——————————————————
    Where’s that? A grade school?? Think about it.

  95. pkrlvr says: Aug 9, 2014 5:16 PM

    Mypercyhurts, great comment. It boggles my mind that its 2014 and people are still killing the each other over whose nonexistent god is better.

    To the original poster, our country was founded on a principle of separation between church and state. The ten commandments have no business in our courts or government.

  96. doggeatdogg says: Aug 9, 2014 5:23 PM

    Worlds and planets would have collided has this been Manziel. Stay home Johnny.

  97. igocommando says: Aug 9, 2014 5:34 PM

    Keep it up packer trolls. Karma’s a beach.

  98. themeccalambeaufield says: Aug 9, 2014 5:35 PM

    The moron got shot in a club and how much you want to bet it was part of his entourage or a group he was confronting after the whole story comes out. Minnesota Vikings the gift that keeps on giving!

  99. kidsamoa260 says: Aug 9, 2014 5:37 PM

    Violence at a Minneapolis nightclub??? Did Prince step on Morris Day’s gators??

  100. mvp43 says: Aug 9, 2014 5:55 PM

    Okay- now I’m certain Copy & Paste was dropped as a kid. Best DT in the league??

  101. bbbmf says: Aug 9, 2014 5:58 PM

    themeccalambeaufield says:
    Aug 9, 2014 5:35 PM
    The moron got shot in a club and how much you want to bet it was part of his entourage or a group he was confronting after the whole story comes out. Minnesota Vikings the gift that keeps on giving!

    ————————————————–

    Was it part of Mettenberger’s “entourage or a group he was confronting” that got him sucker punched in a bar last month?

  102. scottb23 says: Aug 9, 2014 5:59 PM

    Wish him a speedy recovery

  103. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 9, 2014 6:08 PM

    I’ve heard of players getting cut after a preseason game but this is ridiculous.

  104. Shinnbone says: Aug 9, 2014 6:15 PM

    vikingsnorth says: Aug 9, 2014 1:06 PM

    The Vikes can take bullets! No limp collar bones in Minnesota.

    “No limp collar bones in Minnesota.”

    That’s pretty funny, you forgot to mention that the Vikings have NO CHAMPIONSHIPS either, while TITLETOWN USA has !!! and counting….

  105. monkeyboymotors says: Aug 9, 2014 6:20 PM

    You are right. That would never happen in Green Bay , because nothing happens in Green Bay. Everyone in Green Bay is busy trolling this site.

  106. zerochampionshipsmustsuck says: Aug 9, 2014 6:37 PM

    Poor little Viking fans, Super Bowls are for real teams. Go Hawks!

  107. mdd913 says: Aug 9, 2014 6:51 PM

    Was it part of Mettenberger’s “entourage or a group he was confronting” that got him sucker punched in a bar last month?

    ——————————————————————

    If you really can’t see the difference between “punched at a bar” and “shot in a club,” you probably need to get out of the house a little more often.

  108. revren10 says: Aug 9, 2014 7:24 PM

    Just shows you how bad he wants out of Minnesota. He was willing to get shoot to get away from this awful franchise

  109. vikescry1 says: Aug 9, 2014 7:29 PM

    que the idiots who blame the gun….

  110. bnwpnw says: Aug 9, 2014 7:37 PM

    Oh Vikings.

  111. dcviking says: Aug 9, 2014 8:16 PM

    Sean Payton would never allow his players in a nightclub during training camp…
    ——————————-

    Yeah, we all know its not a party in New Orleans until Sean brings the favors…

    This is why the saints are always championship contenders

    —————–

    When did you start following football — 2009?

  112. haraldsigurdson says: Aug 9, 2014 8:48 PM

    “My arms are more powerful than your guns.”
    -Keith Millard, DT, Minnesota Vikings-

    “My calves are more powerful than your bullets.”
    -Linval Joseph, DT, Minnesota Vikings-

    The legacy continues!

  113. ducksk says: Aug 9, 2014 9:05 PM

    Where is the love………….boat?

  114. ducksk says: Aug 9, 2014 9:39 PM

    You got no cred til you gots a bullet hole in you.

  115. nowillrepeat says: Aug 9, 2014 9:43 PM

    It was Gregg Williams

  116. Dogsweat says: Aug 9, 2014 9:45 PM

    Kaepernick would never do this, he is holy.

  117. pack13queens0 says: Aug 9, 2014 10:29 PM

    I like the idea of putting the Vikings in the CFL. Minnesota’s practically a Canadian Province anyway. It’s the only state that considers hockey a sport.

  118. ackattack22 says: Aug 9, 2014 10:51 PM

    Police have ruled out Christian Ponder as a suspect because he can’t hit any target.

  119. ducksk says: Aug 9, 2014 11:11 PM

    Vikings franchise has been nothing but an ugly, laughable, sad, criminal outfit for so long…..how could anybody be a fan?

  120. 6stn says: Aug 10, 2014 1:47 AM

    He was Joe Kapped.

  121. natelan says: Aug 10, 2014 1:28 PM

    Obviously a ghetto Raiders fan.

  122. bcgreg says: Aug 12, 2014 2:29 PM

    Aaron Hernandez didn’t do it. He’s in the clink.

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