MANKATO, Minn. - Defensive tackle Linval Joseph has rejoined the Minnesota Vikings after being shot in the leg at a bar, and he is expected to recover in time for the start of the regular season.
Joseph took part in meetings Sunday morning, but he probably will be held out of practice for the next week or two, according to team officials.
"Thank god he's OK," said coach Mike Zimmer. "He's terrific young man."
General manager Rick Spielman says an examination by the team's medical staff of the wound around Joseph's calf revealed no cause for concern. Spielman says "there was no wrong done by Linval" after an exhibition game Friday night when a man opened fire at a downtown night club and injured nine people, including Joseph.
"We constantly harp to our players and coach (Zimmer) has not a great job of (encouraging) our players to make good decisions off the field," Spielman said.
In a statement distributed by the Vikings, Joseph says he's "extremely thankful" the injury was minor.
"I appreciate everyone's thoughts and concerns over the past 24 hours. I am extremely thankful that this was a minor injury for me. As the team has communicated, this was an unfortunate situation where I, along with several others, was an innocent bystander to a senseless act. My thoughts are with all of the victims at this time. I am looking forward to getting back onto the field with my teammates in the near future," according to the statement.
Minneapolis police were called to 400 Soundbar early Saturday morning after nine people, including Joseph, were injured in a shooting inside the nightclub. Joseph went to the 400 SoundBar nightclub sometime after Minnesota's 10-6 win over the Oakland Raiders in the preseason opener Friday night.
KARE 11 has learned the business has been operating with conditions on its license since 2012. According to city documents, the bar's staff has had to consult with police about security and staffing needs prior to events, and they've been required to deny entry to known troublemakers.