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NFL notebook: Vikings lineman OK after nightclub shooting

| Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, 9:06 p.m.

Minneapolis police were investigating a shooting inside a downtown nightclub that injured nine people early Saturday, including a Vikings defensive tackle.

Linval Joseph went to the 400 SoundBar nightclub sometime after Minnesota's 10-6 win over the Raiders in the preseason opener Friday night at TCF Bank Stadium. He was shot in the calf, according to a team statement, which also described him as an innocent bystander and the injury as minor.

Two people with serious injuries were in stable condition and expected to survive, police spokesman Scott Seroka said.

Police are looking for the shooter.

The recovery time on Joseph's injury was estimated at one to two weeks.

Joseph is a nose tackle who signed a five-year contract with the Vikings worth as much as $31.5 million, with $12.5 million guaranteed. He's being counted on as a key cog in new coach Mike Zimmer's defense.

Joseph spent his first four NFL seasons with the Giants and also was part of the 2011 Super Bowl championship team.

Mourning Cowboy Carr in camp

Veteran cornerback Brandon Carr was on the field with the Cowboys after missing the first two weeks of training camp to be with his mother in the final days of her long battle with breast cancer.

Carr missed the first 11 workouts and the preseason opener at San Diego.

Carr said the practice field was his “safe haven” after Kathy Robinson Carr's death July 30. The 59-year-old's funeral was Wednesday in Carr's hometown of Flint, Mich.

“It's great to have him back,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He's been going through a very difficult time with his mom for a long time, and the last couple of weeks particularly have been really challenging.”

Ex-star Fryar faces court decision

Former NFL star Irving Fryar and his mother are facing a deadline on whether to plead guilty or go to trial in a mortgage fraud case.

Irving Fryar faces a five-year sentence under a plea deal. His mother, Allene McGhee, has been offered a three-year sentence. They are due in court Aug. 21.

Around the league

The Bengals signed free-agent quarterback Tyler Wilson, two days after second-string quarterback Jason Campbell bruised his passing elbow. ... Veteran safety Steve Gregory, who played eight seasons with the Chargers and Patriots, announced his retirement. ... Broncos running back Montee Ball returned to the sideline five days after undergoing his appendectomy and said he was feeling good but didn't know when he would be back in full pads.

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