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Linval Joseph vows to return “in the near future”

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Shot in the calf after Friday night’s preseason opener, Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph emerged with only minor injuries.  While the timetable for his return to the field isn’t definite, he vows to be back soon.

“I appreciate everyone’s thoughts and concerns over the past 24 hours,” Joseph said in a statement released by the Vikings.  “I am extremely thankful that this was a minor injury for me.  As the team has communicated, this was an unfortunate situation where I, along with several others, was an innocent bystander to a senseless act.  My thoughts are with all of the victims at this time.  I am looking forward to getting back onto the field with my teammates in the near future.”

Joseph signed with the Vikings in free agency.  He is projected to be a starter on the defensive line.

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64 Responses to “Linval Joseph vows to return “in the near future””
  1. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 10, 2014 12:39 PM

    How obvious is it that these guys don’t write these statements?

  2. p8riotdynastylives says: Aug 10, 2014 12:41 PM

    Coach Herm always says…..” son……nothing good happens after midnight”….

  3. canetic says: Aug 10, 2014 12:46 PM

    Vows to return to clubbing at an even higher level.

  4. skoobyfl says: Aug 10, 2014 12:47 PM

    Make better life choices and expect a better result.

  5. greengoldandbold says: Aug 10, 2014 12:47 PM

    Normally when a team wants to bring the best out in a player, they call it a “shot in the arm”. What’s this “shot in the leg” stuff, something new ??
    Gotta hand it to the Vikings for being innovative !!

  6. bostonbadass says: Aug 10, 2014 12:59 PM

    Was he with Plaxico Buress ????

  7. codythao35 says: Aug 10, 2014 1:05 PM

    Vows to put Lazzzzzzy and peewee Rodgers to sleep when the regular season game comes. Still better player than the busted players in little terrible city, terrible fans and terrible team in WI. Vikings D will dominate the Packs offense, fact!!!

  8. jxt2521 says: Aug 10, 2014 1:06 PM

    I can’t stand how obvious it is that PR teams are writing all the statements for players.

    Please stop all the snobby statements that he needs to make better choices. He was just out and got hit by a bullet meant for someone else.

  9. favrelous says: Aug 10, 2014 1:07 PM

    Vows “It is only a flesh wound”

  10. nyyjetsknicks says: Aug 10, 2014 1:10 PM

    p8riotdynastylives says:
    Aug 10, 2014 12:41 PM
    Coach Herm always says…..” son……nothing good happens after midnight”….

    ___________

    My memory (or lack of memory) says otherwise. Thousands of people had a ton of fun last night after midnight in NYC alone.

  11. ariani1985 says: Aug 10, 2014 1:10 PM

    Schmuck!

  12. sterling7 says: Aug 10, 2014 1:12 PM

    Linval Joseph vows to return “in the near future”-Where to the 400 Soundbar!

  13. yourfavoriteteamstinks says: Aug 10, 2014 1:14 PM

    p8riotdynastylives says:
    Aug 10, 2014 12:41 PM

    Coach Herm always says…..” son……nothing good happens after midnight”….

    —-

    I guess he doesn’t know my neighbor Tracy who loves to drunk dial.

  14. marlin6262 says: Aug 10, 2014 1:15 PM

    Still think you can handle vikings training camp?

  15. chip56 says: Aug 10, 2014 1:18 PM

    If you’re hanging out places where you risk getting shot you need to reevaluate some things.

  16. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 10, 2014 1:27 PM

    Projected to be a starter? He’s projected to be the key to the entire front seven. He was the Vikings’ biggest free agent signing. His presence will shut down the run while he’s occupying two blockers, helping to protect the weak middle linebacker position. He should improve the defense a lot, as long as none of the opposing offensive linemen are packing heat.

  17. quickstrong says: Aug 10, 2014 1:35 PM

    just following Viking mangement standard preseason procedures.

  18. 1973to1991packerssuckedbigtime says: Aug 10, 2014 1:38 PM

    Who was the Redskins player who got shot in his own home? Should he have not been there?

    Trolls being trolls. He was doing nothing illegal, wasn’t beating his wife, wasn’t starting a fight, he was just an innocent bystander.

    Some of you really need to get lives and stop hitting refresh all the time on these boards. Seriously.

  19. abninf says: Aug 10, 2014 1:41 PM

    All night at the club during training camp? Vikings must be run by a bunch of cupcakes.

  20. fruitcovejag says: Aug 10, 2014 1:51 PM

    How about he “vows to stay out of the club”, and therefore out of this type of trouble, at 2 AM!

  21. tokyofilthblaster says: Aug 10, 2014 2:00 PM

    MN “classy”.

  22. themeccalambeaufield says: Aug 10, 2014 2:00 PM

    codythao35 says:
    Aug 10, 2014 1:05 PM

    Vows to put Lazzzzzzy and peewee Rodgers to sleep when the regular season game comes. Still better player than the busted players in little terrible city, terrible fans and terrible team in WI. Vikings D will dominate the Packs offense, fact!!!

    Is there a decoder ring available to decipher these posts?

    As far as joseph I am willing to bet there is more to this story and cant wait til it all comes out. Just shown no heart or dedication in the middle of training camp out partying.

  23. davikes says: Aug 10, 2014 2:08 PM

    9 people were wounded in the shooting, which was gang related. Fortunately nobody was killed.

  24. themeccalambeaufield says: Aug 10, 2014 2:08 PM

    Do the Vikings ever make the news with something football related? This dysfunctional franchise always seems to have some type of controversy every week.

  25. iamthorny says: Aug 10, 2014 2:21 PM

    Joseph was miffed by the late responding emergency services. I guess his money phone doesn’t get the reception Manziel’s does.

  26. longhornpride05 says: Aug 10, 2014 2:31 PM

    Skoobyfl that’s just such an ignorant comment to make. He was out having a good time and happened to get shot. Is being out at a club really a bad life choice? If so then how many millions of 20-something’s are making bad life choices every weekend? Come on man be real… Or do you honestly think no one should go to clubs ever?

  27. tokyofilthblaster says: Aug 10, 2014 2:33 PM

    Joseph already wants out of crime infested MN, and yearns to be back in the relative safety of the Bronx.

  28. realityonetwo says: Aug 10, 2014 2:43 PM

    Do the Vikings ever make the news with something football related?

    ——–

    Teddy’s a bust. That news came out yesterday.

  29. bonniebengal says: Aug 10, 2014 2:51 PM

    Wondering how many times we’re going to see that Plaxico Burress joke. It’s been posted on here at least 3 times already.

  30. bostonbadass says: Aug 10, 2014 3:21 PM

    That’s funny I’ve only seen it posted once…..

    time for an eye exam or a reading lesson..

  31. whatjusthapped says: Aug 10, 2014 3:30 PM

    He was in the wrong place at the wrong time, sort of like the Vikings in all 4 Superbowls and the last 5 NFC Championship games.

    I wish him a speedy recovery, we don’t want any excuses when the Vikings finish in last place, yet again.

  32. monkeyboymotors says: Aug 10, 2014 3:44 PM

    the only club in green bay is the [ he man she hater club ], and it closes at 5 pm because they have to get home to eat mom’s homemade canned campbell’s chunky soup.

  33. zerochampionshipsmustsuck says: Aug 10, 2014 3:58 PM

    Poor Vikings fans can only have come backs that insult others when they’re the biggest joke of any franchise in the NFL. Poor little Vikings fans Super Bowls are for real teams like the Seahawks, Saints and Packers! bahahahahah

  34. chris1cat says: Aug 10, 2014 4:04 PM

    whatjusthapped says: Aug 10, 2014 3:30 PM

    He was in the wrong place at the wrong time, sort of like the Vikings in all 4 Superbowls and the last 5 NFC Championship games.

    I wish him a speedy recovery, we don’t want any excuses when the Vikings finish in last place, yet again.
    **************************************************
    No excuses here.
    Weren’t you the Troll or was it one of the other Packer Backers that I read about that was crying about all of your boys going down in training camp.
    I got your excuse, it’s going to be in the form of sweeping the Packers this year and taking the division

  35. themeccalambeaufield says: Aug 10, 2014 4:10 PM

    monkeyboymotors says:
    Aug 10, 2014 3:44 PM

    the only club in green bay is the [ he man she hater club ], and it closes at 5 pm because they have to get home to eat mom’s homemade canned campbell’s chunky soup

    Has to be the lamest post of the day!

  36. 1973to1991packerssuckedbigtime says: Aug 10, 2014 4:15 PM

    zerochampionshipsmustsuck says: Aug 10, 2014 3:58 PM

    I am glad the Vikings have the 1969 NFL championship. Because it would suck to not have one.

  37. wafflestomp says: Aug 10, 2014 4:21 PM

    Hey, I just got here, anybody manage to squeeze in a Plaxico Burress joke yet? If not, here’s one.

    He must have been with Plaxico Burress that night!
    Ha Ha!!! That one never gets old.

    Anywho, this has to be a disappointment to the Viking defensive coaching staff, as they were counting on him to help their D cut their points per game down to 28 instead of the 30 they averaged last year.

    Seriously though, get well soon, and wear your pads the next time you go clubbing.

  38. zerochampionshipsmustsuck says: Aug 10, 2014 4:32 PM

    1973to1991packerssuckedbigtime says:
    Aug 10, 2014 4:15 PM
    zerochampionshipsmustsuck says: Aug 10, 2014 3:58 PM

    I am glad the Vikings have the 1969 NFL championship. Because it would suck to not have one.

    Sorry maybe the name should have been 1960toforevervikingssuckbigtimewithzerorolombardis
    Poor lil fella, can’t relate to that!
    who really cares if GB sucked during those years, Seahawks, Saints & Packers all have 1 Lombardi alone in the last 5 years a piece…1969 Championship then got smoked by the Chiefs in the real game! bahahahaha

  39. lnfinite says: Aug 10, 2014 4:34 PM

    Packer fans can trash talk all they want in pre season.. Regular season, their comments will be few if any..

  40. zerochampionshipsmustsuck says: Aug 10, 2014 4:39 PM

    lnfinite says:
    Aug 10, 2014 4:34 PM
    Packer fans can trash talk all they want in pre season.. Regular season, their comments will be few if any..
    Funny, haven’t you been saying that for the last 50 years with Zero Lombardi’s to show for it?

  41. themeccalambeaufield says: Aug 10, 2014 4:40 PM

    1973to1991packerssuckedbigtime says:
    Aug 10, 2014 4:15 PM

    zerochampionshipsmustsuck says: Aug 10, 2014 3:58 PM

    I am glad the Vikings have the 1969 NFL championship. Because it would suck to not have one.

    How does a team win a championship when they lose to a Kansas City team in the Super Bowl in 1969?

  42. codythao35 says: Aug 10, 2014 4:40 PM

    Hhhhmmm let me guess who drafts more busted players. Our news is better than cheese heads news where players go on IR every time. That means they’re busted. Now how many busted players have been on IR for last 2 week? I’ll let trolls figure that out.

  43. zerochampionshipsmustsuck says: Aug 10, 2014 4:54 PM

    codythao35 says:
    Aug 10, 2014 4:40 PM
    Hhhhmmm let me guess who drafts more busted players. Our news is better than cheese heads news where players go on IR every time. That means they’re busted. Now how many busted players have been on IR for last 2 week? I’ll let trolls figure that out.

    Do you realize how dumb you sound? 4 years ago the Packers won the Super Bowl with 15 guys on IR. Yes won the Super Bowl (foreign concept for Viking fans). They have won 3 straight division titles, yeah their drafting is really bad compared to the Vikings!
    Who cares how many players are on IR, it’s about winning. I know that’s difficult for a 12 year old girl to understand Cody.

  44. linemanguy74 says: Aug 10, 2014 5:00 PM

    At least wasn’t in pool with some 15 yr old {Churma} who is also in packer hall of fame

  45. 1973to1991packerssuckedbigtime says: Aug 10, 2014 5:27 PM

    How does a team win a championship when they lose to a Kansas City team in the Super Bowl in 1969?

    They won the NFL Championship. Not too hard to understand.

    There was the NFL. There was the AFL. 2 leagues. The merger hadn’t happened yet.

    Again, not too hard to understand.

  46. vikesfansteve says: Aug 10, 2014 5:35 PM

    What position did you play when “you” won your Super Bowls. Fair weather fans. Reminds me of the early 90’s when a buddy of mine suddenly was a cowboys fan then he was a Pats fan. Basically every team that won the SuperBowl. That’s Packers fans, in the 70’s and 80’s nowhere to be found they had to play in Milwaukee. Then when they started winning again the fans came out of the woodwork. Same in Seattle when they were in he kingdome. Don’t get started on the cheating corrupt ref Saints, they’re fans put bags on their heads and up until Bree’s arrived cheered for the arena league Voodoo more than the Aints. So shut your hole. Yeah the Vikings have lost 4 Super Bowls and 5 NFC title games since their last SB loss but the fans are still there and won’t abandon them. That’s a true fan not a front running bandwagon fan. Every Vikings fan knows the Vikings ability to let them down and to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

  47. zerochampionshipsmustsuck says: Aug 10, 2014 5:47 PM

    1973to1991packerssuckedbigtime says:
    Aug 10, 2014 5:27 PM
    How does a team win a championship when they lose to a Kansas City team in the Super Bowl in 1969?

    They won the NFL Championship. Not too hard to understand.

    There was the NFL. There was the AFL. 2 leagues. The merger hadn’t happened yet.

    Again, not too hard to understand.

    Except for the fact they lost the Super Bowl!

  48. sonofad says: Aug 10, 2014 5:52 PM

    The MN Vikings.

    Bad football for bad people.

  49. jcbadger34 says: Aug 10, 2014 6:05 PM

    When you look up the Packers 13 league championships, you’ll notice a disclaimer next to the 13. “Does not include the AFL or NFL Championships won during the same seasons as the AFL-NFL Super Bowl Championships prior to the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger.”

    Meaning, the league doesn’t recognize the 1966-1969 “NFL Champions” as being the technical “League Champions” unless they also won the Super Bowl. But desperate Vikings fans still try to count 1969, because it’s all their pathetic team has. If you guys want to count 1969 as a “championship” then I guess we need to add two more to the Packers record tally of 13, leaving Green Bay with 15 championships. So, 13-0, or 15-1…..which sounds better to you Lavender Larrys?

  50. 1973to1991packerssuckedbigtime says: Aug 10, 2014 6:17 PM

    And where is this league memo saying they don’t recognize the 1966-1969 NFL championships?

  51. yesrowntreeyesgrosvener says: Aug 10, 2014 6:22 PM

    zerochampionshipsmustsuck says:
    Aug 10, 2014 5:47 PM
    1973to1991packerssuckedbigtime says:
    Aug 10, 2014 5:27 PM
    How does a team win a championship when they lose to a Kansas City team in the Super Bowl in 1969?

    They won the NFL Championship. Not too hard to understand.

    There was the NFL. There was the AFL. 2 leagues. The merger hadn’t happened yet.

    Again, not too hard to understand.

    Except for the fact they lost the Super Bowl!

    1 0

    It’s more than a little sad to see how many times you’ve already trolled this board.

  52. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 10, 2014 6:32 PM

    We know Teddy wasn’t the shooter his hands are too small. You know carnies, small hands, circus folk, smell like cabbage.

  53. jcbadger34 says: Aug 10, 2014 6:36 PM

    Like I said, if you want to count 1969, then I guess you have to add two to the Packers tally of 13. Since the Packers won the NFL Championship in 1966 and 1967, then, unlike the sad Vikings, also went on to win the Super Bowl in both years.

    The point is, you’re counting a glorified NFC Championship as being a “World” Championship. Once the Super Bowl started, nobody cared about who won the NFL or AFL Title Games. They cared about who won the Super Bowl. And the Vikings lost.

    When you go on the Pro Football Hall of Fame website and look up the list of Champions (can’t include links on here, or else this message won’t show up), the Champion for the 1969 season is listed as the Kansas City Chiefs. Because, you know, they beat the Vikings in the final game.

  54. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 10, 2014 6:40 PM

    It’s funny all the tall of his small hands and he fumbles first pre-season game lol.

    Manziel > Bridewater

  55. codythao35 says: Aug 10, 2014 7:20 PM

    In the next 3-5 years the Super Star QB’s goes like this:

    1. Bridgewater
    2. Luck
    3. Kaepernick
    4. Wilson
    5. Foles

    Ha ha ha no peewee Rodgers on my list bc he’s out of the league by then and cheese heads will beg for mercy from Vikings.

  56. 1952vikefan says: Aug 10, 2014 7:27 PM

    it’ll take more than one bullet to stop a Viking

  57. tokyofilthblaster says: Aug 10, 2014 7:41 PM

    Not really. Just withhold a little water.

  58. sonofad says: Aug 10, 2014 7:51 PM

    What kind of sad losers would count the year they got humiliated in the Superbowl as a “Championship”?

  59. dcviking says: Aug 10, 2014 7:55 PM

    Or, send former Packer Randall Woodfield after him…

  60. wafflestomp says: Aug 10, 2014 8:28 PM

    The entire league and all of their fans laugh at the Minnesota Vikings. Trust me, it’s true.

  61. 6kings says: Aug 10, 2014 8:44 PM

    I guess he missed the boat.

  62. zerochampionshipsmustsuck says: Aug 10, 2014 10:56 PM

    codythao35 says:
    Aug 10, 2014 7:20 PM
    In the next 3-5 years the Super Star QB’s goes like this:

    1. Bridgewater
    2. Luck
    3. Kaepernick
    4. Wilson
    5. Foles

    Ha ha ha no peewee Rodgers on my list bc he’s out of the league by then and cheese heads will beg for mercy from Vikings.

    Funny, jealous much? You clowns can call Rodgers anything you want but you do have to call him one thing you can never call a Vikings QB…SUPER BOWL CHAMPION! Buhahahahaha

  63. zerochampionshipsmustsuck says: Aug 10, 2014 11:16 PM

    linemanguy74 says:
    Aug 10, 2014 5:00 PM
    At least wasn’t in pool with some 15 yr old {Churma} who is also in packer hall of fame

    ____________________________________

    Chmura = Super Bowl Champion!

  64. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 11, 2014 12:07 AM

    zerochampionshipsmustsuck says:
    Aug 10, 2014 3:58 PM
    Poor Vikings fans can only have come backs that insult others when they’re the biggest joke of any franchise in the NFL. Poor little Vikings fans Super Bowls are for real teams like the Seahawks, Saints and Packers! bahahahahah
    ____

    So the Seahawks weren’t a real team until February?

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