Defensive tackle Linval Joseph, one of the team’s leaders on the defensive line, was declared as inactive for the game this afternoon.
Joseph did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday this week, as he was listed with ankle, knee, and shoulder issues. He was a limited participant on Friday, and the team has made the decision that he will be down for this afternoon’s game against the Jets.
This does sort of help to clarify why the Vikings’ brought back defensive tackle David Parry after placing cornerback Mike Hughes on injured reserve earlier this week. It would appear that they had some inkling that Joseph might not be able to go for this one, and decided that they needed to shore up their depth in the middle of the defensive line.
The team has announced that Jaleel Johnson will be making his first career NFL start in Joseph’s spot next to Sheldon Richardson.
Once again, Linval Joseph is inactive for the Vikings this afternoon against the New York Jets.