Minneapolis, MN, United States (4E Sports) – Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph was hit in the leg by a stray bullet at a downtown bar after the team’s preseason win over the Oakland Raiders.
“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 Vikings statement said.
The Vikings said Joseph 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 team added. “The team is thankful that Joseph was not seriously hurt, and our thoughts are with all of the victims of this shooting,”
The Vikes will defer any further comment to the Minneapolis Police Department during its ongoing investigation.
According to the Star-Tribune, several people were wounded — two seriously — by an unknown gunman that fired several shots on Saturday morning.
Joseph signed a five-year, $31.5 million contract with the Vikings in March after spending four seasons with the New York Giants.
The 25-year-old produced nine sacks while starting 46 games for New York over the last three seasons and was a member of the Giants’ Super Bowl XLVI champion team in 2011.