Shortly after the Minnesota Vikings’ preseason win against the Oakland Raiders, Linval Joseph was struck by a stray bullet in 400 Soundbar in downtown Minneapolis, per the team. The bullet “grazed” his calf, and the team is characterizing it as “minor”. The team released the following statement:
“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.”
Linval was taken immediately to a hospital, where he was treated and released. He is expected to return to the team this week.
According to the Pioneer Press, several people were involved in the incident though the police believe there is only one shooter. Police were called over at 1:50 AM, and among the several people who suffered gunshot wounds, two are in critical condition but expected to survive.
The police will hold a press conference shortly.
UPDATE: According to Ben Goessling, we can expect to see him in games within two weeks.
Shouldn’t be a long absence for Linval Joseph; expected to return to #Vikings camp Sunday, and could be back in games w/in 2 weeks or so
— Ben Goessling (@GoesslingESPN) August 9, 2014