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NFL notebook: Vikings DT back in camp after shooting

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This is a 2014 photo of Linval Joseph of the Minnesota Vikings NFL football team. Minneapolis police are investigating a shooting inside a downtown nightclub that injured 9 people, including a Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle. The team released a statement Saturday saying Linval Joseph was shot in the calf. He was treated for a minor injury and released. The Vikings described Joseph as an innocent bystander. (AP Photo)
By The Associated Press
Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, 6:48 p.m.
 

The first bad-news call of Mike Zimmer's career as a head coach came late at night but early in his first season with the Vikings: Defensive tackle Linval Joseph had been shot in the leg at a downtown bar after the team's first exhibition game.

To the relief of Zimmer and the rest of the organization, that dreaded, unexpected call could have been a lot worse. Joseph was not part of any altercation, just at the wrong place at the wrong time, and suffered only a minor injury to the area around his calf.

“Oh, my God, and thank God he's OK,” Zimmer said, recalling his reaction to the news. “He's a terrific young man. He's a good, good kid, and we have a lot of good kids on this football team.”

Joseph rejoined the team as training camp resumed Sunday following a scheduled day off, taking part in meetings but not practice.

“Life is precious,” linebacker Jasper Brinkley said, later adding: “Glad to have him here, man.”

Joseph was with a group of unidentified teammates at the night club after the Vikings beat the Raiders on Friday, when a man started shooting.

Joseph was one of nine people injured. He'll probably be held out of action on the field for the next week or two, but general manager Rick Spielman said Joseph would recover fully before the start of the regular season. An examination of the wound by the team's medical staff revealed no cause for concern.

Another Ravens DE hurt

During Sunday's practice with the 49ers, the Ravens appeared to suffer their second serious injury of training camp at defensive end.

Kapron Lewis-Moore was carted off the field in tears and obvious pain with what coach John Harbaugh later said the team believes to be a torn Achilles tendon.

The injury to Lewis-Moore, which would end his season, follows a torn anterior cruciate ligament for rookie defensive end Brent Urban, the Ravens' fourth-round draft pick from Virginia.

Bears' Bennett back

ESPN.com reported Bears tight end Martellus Bennett has rejoined the team, six days after he was fined and suspended.

Bennett was punished after a fight at practice last Monday with teammate Kyle Fuller. During the skirmish, the tight end slammed the rookie cornerback to the ground.

Panthers reinforcements

Coach Ron Rivera said help is on the way for the Panthers' offense.

Rivera said he expects quarterback Cam Newton and running backs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart to play in the team's second preseason game Aug. 17 against Kansas City. All three practiced Sunday after missing Carolina's preseason opener against Buffalo.

That should help an offense that managed just 75 total yards in the first half of Carolina's 20-18 loss to the Bills.

Redskins injury update

Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall was “just a little sore” with a bruised back after an awkward landing during training camp practice Sunday, while linebacker Darryl Sharpton could be out several weeks with a high-ankle sprain.

Coach Jay Gruden also said receiver DeSean Jackson could return to full practice later this week and might be able to play next Monday night in a preseason game against Cleveland. Jackson injured his left ankle in practice last week.

Jets' secondary depleted

Jets cornerback Dee Milliner, a major part of Rex Ryan's defense in his second season, was helped from the practice field after injuring his left ankle. A half-hour earlier Sunday, rookie Dexter McDougle was carted off after tearing a ligament in his left knee.

 

 
 


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