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Linval Joseph expected to be ready for regular season

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Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph said he expected to be back “in the near” future after being shot in the leg, but that might mean a few more weeks.

According to Ed Werder of ESPN, Joseph is expected to be ready for the regular season opener, but could miss the next few weeks.

Joseph was standing inside a Minneapolis nightclub when shots rang out, with one hitting him in his calf.

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, all nine people inside the club who were shot were expected to survive. No one has been arrested, but local authorities said the shooting was gang-related.

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19 Responses to “Linval Joseph expected to be ready for regular season”
  1. chris1cat says: Aug 11, 2014 9:00 AM

    Jeeeeez….Lucky Linval! I sure hope the other 9 people get justice. Catch those freakin’ cowards!

  2. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 11, 2014 9:21 AM

    If that bullet had hit him slightly differently, this would have been a lot worse. Is this a precursor to a charmed season for the Vikings?

  3. whatjusthapped says: Aug 11, 2014 9:24 AM

    Not good news for the Viking’s 31st ranked defense, this guy was suppose to be their biggest off season signing and savior to the franchise.

    Ask yourself this question, when was the last time you were out partying and found yourself in the same place as “gang related” people?

    Ya, me neither.

  4. raiderufan says: Aug 11, 2014 9:27 AM

    I hear/read so many stories of guns and unforseen or unfortunate events…

    Where are the “thankfully someone had a gun” and it helped the situation stories?

    America’s obsession with handguns is sad and only serves to hurt us.

    .

  5. floratiotime says: Aug 11, 2014 9:30 AM

    Survives NYC without a scratch and gets shot in Minnesota. Amazing. Oh, and stay out of those kind of clubs for a few years.

  6. bobby2478 says: Aug 11, 2014 9:38 AM

    Survives NYC without a scratch and gets shot in Minnesota. Amazing. Oh, and stay out of those kind of clubs for a few years
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    By “those kind of clubs” I’m assuming you mean ANY late night dance club or even sports bar that has a dance floor late at night?

    I’m not disagreeing with you, just wanted to make clear this was nothing more than a regular dance club. You can run into those types of clowns no matter where you go these days. Only real option is to just stay home, or find a regular bar somewhere and not a dance club.

    It seems the gang bangers congregate at dance clubs. If you go to a regular bar and stay away from the clubs, you usually don’t run into that many gang bangers (in the bar itself, it’s a different story on the street outside however).

    What’s crazy is I traveled for work and worked in downtown Chi town for over 4 years, and never once felt unsafe. Yet downtown Minneapolis is a toilet, you could get mugged or shot just about anywhere. Ironic that a city with as many killings as Chicago has is actually more safe downtown than Minneapolis.

  7. pigskinrube says: Aug 11, 2014 9:39 AM

    raiderufan – guns dont belong in bars period… why dont you just go jump on the “nothin good happens after midnight” train next.

    Those who legally carry know anything more than a .03 BAC would end up putting them in jail – even if they did the “right” thing.

  8. Bill Belitext says: Aug 11, 2014 9:53 AM

    Where was Plax when this happened?

  9. Bill Belitext says: Aug 11, 2014 9:58 AM

    raiderufan says:
    Aug 11, 2014 9:27 AM
    I hear/read so many stories of guns and unforseen or unfortunate events…

    Where are the “thankfully someone had a gun” and it helped the situation stories?

    America’s obsession with handguns is sad and only serves to hurt us.

    ===============================

    I think America’s “sad obsession” with alcohol and drugs is the bigger problem. Everyone wants to ban guns, but no one wants to ban alcohol. Alcohol is more dangerous than guns. I am not saying alcohol needs to be made illegal, I am just making a point. When 1,000 people get drunk and kill themselves in an accident, no one bats an eye, but when one psycho shoots 10 people on a rampage, immidiately we all need to ban guns. And now, not only are we not talking about an alcohol ban, we are talking about legalizing marijuana. So in the minds of some, we dont need less drug use, we need more drug use. Mind boggling

  10. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 11, 2014 10:16 AM

    Only a Viking fan could consider a player being shot to be a precursor to a “charmed” season.

    #offseasonworldchampions
    #delusional

  11. raiderufan says: Aug 11, 2014 10:50 AM

    Bill Belitext says:
    Aug 11, 2014 9:58 AM
    raiderufan says:
    Aug 11, 2014 9:27 AM
    I hear/read so many stories of guns and unforseen or unfortunate events…

    Where are the “thankfully someone had a gun” and it helped the situation stories?

    America’s obsession with handguns is sad and only serves to hurt us.

    ===============================

    I think America’s “sad obsession” with alcohol and drugs is the bigger problem. Everyone wants to ban guns, but no one wants to ban alcohol. Alcohol is more dangerous than guns. I am not saying alcohol needs to be made illegal, I am just making a point. When 1,000 people get drunk and kill themselves in an accident, no one bats an eye, but when one psycho shoots 10 people on a rampage, immidiately we all need to ban guns. And now, not only are we not talking about an alcohol ban, we are talking about legalizing marijuana. So in the minds of some, we dont need less drug use, we need more drug use. Mind boggling
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    Sure that makes sense…I think alchohol and weed are bad so the fact that guns don’t kill as many people makes guns ok…

    First…weed should not be in this conversation. That’s ridiculous and a choice made by the person doing it. It’s not your choice and doesn’t affect you at all. People are doing it legal or not and our country is losing so much easily made money it’s not even funny. It’s never killed anyone thru OD and any murders related to weed can almost always be related back to it being rated as a worse drug than Heroin and therefore being sold by those people dealing hardcore drugs. It’s benefits are OVERWHELMING in comparison to it’s negatives.

    Second…Alchohol deaths are certainly a massive issue. OD deaths are a gun in the hand of the dead and on them. Murders should be treated as such.

    Third…how does anything you said discount the fact that hand guns are used for 2 things, target practice and severly hurting/killing people?

    You’re using completely different subject to deflect the point…Where are the stories of a person with a gun difusing a situation?

  12. purpleguy says: Aug 11, 2014 11:00 AM

    After seeing the guy in person for the first time Friday night, I can see how he got hit — his injured calf alone probably took up 25% of the space in that back room.

  13. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 11, 2014 11:26 AM

    The reason people who are against guns don’t see stories about someone with a gun defusing a situation is because the media outlets they seek out aren’t going to report on that kind of thing. I frequent conservative media outlets and I see those stories all the time. Don’t be surprised when MSNBC isn’t publicizing that kind of thing.

  14. teal379 says: Aug 11, 2014 12:59 PM

    Every time you call a cop – that’s a story where “man with a gun took care of something bad”

    No one pays any attention to your mall security guard – why? He has no gun, no authority. Cop without a gun is the same.

    People aren’t anti-gun really, in fact whenever there’s a problem they call someone with a gun. They just believe only cops/government should have them. I saw that movie once, it was called Schindler’s List. Don’t care to see it again.

  15. bobnelsonjr says: Aug 11, 2014 4:14 PM

    Any time you willfully walk into some rap club in the rotten part of Minneapolis you are asking to be part of a crime.

    Joseph chose to be with those bar flies rather than be with solid citizens, loser teammates, or productive members of society.

    Who a person associates with tells a lot about his character. The player chose to go to a rap club after a vikings game. That speaks volumes.

  16. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Aug 11, 2014 4:20 PM

    He looks pretty blazed in that pic.

  17. tokyofilthblaster says: Aug 11, 2014 4:31 PM

    I sure hope they apprehend the degenerate Viking fan that shot him.

  18. ducks4remi says: Aug 11, 2014 5:18 PM

    He will be back for the regular season… that means he will miss the Viking Super Bowl which is week 3 of preseseason. #OffseasonChampions #Skololol

  19. longtimefanhtr says: Aug 12, 2014 5:11 PM

    The entire organization has been shooting itself in the foot for decades.

    SKOLOL

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