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Linval Joseph Shot At Downtown Bar After Raiders Game; Slightly Wounded

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The Vikings big defensive tackle was an innocent bystander, and most definitely at the wrong place at the wrong time

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Last night, after the Vikings pre-season win over the Okaland Raiders, defensive tackle Linval Joseph was shot when a shooting took place at 400 SoundBar in downtown Minneapolis.

Joseph, who was not involved in the shooting, and according to reports was just an innocent bystander, was struck in the calf by a stray bullet.  He was taken to the hospital, treated, and then released. He is expected to re-join the Vikings this week. THere was no immediate word on whether or not he would miss any playing time.

In the grand scheme of things, though, that's the least of concerns. We're thankful that Joseph is fine, and that it sounds like he'll quickly heal. It could've been so much worse.  A short while ago, the Vikings released a statement, which follows:

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. 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.

In the incident, two people are still in the hospital with serious injuries, and the bar will remain closed for the time being.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims, and we all hope those responsible will be brought to justice.