Created: 08/10/2014 1:58 PM KAALtv.com
By: Megan Stewart
(KSTP) -- A Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle who was hurt in a shooting inside a downtown nightclub early Saturday that injured a total of 9 people is expected to be back in time for the regular season.
Linval Joseph went to the 400 Soundbar nightclub sometime after Minnesota's 10-6 win over the Oakland Raiders in the preseason opener Friday night at TCF Bank Stadium. He was shot in the calf, according to the team.
Joseph released the following statement Sunday:"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."
The Vikings said their thoughts were with the victims and that they were "extremely thankful" that Joseph was not seriously hurt. Joseph was back at training camp Saturday, General Manager Rick Spielman said.
Joseph likely won't be able to practice for several days.
"We expect him to make a full recovery and definitely be ready by the regular season," Spielman said.
"He just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time."
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 New York Giants, starting 46 of 48 games and averaging 55 tackles and three sacks over the last three years. He was also part of the 2011 Super Bowl championship team.
Police were still looking for a suspect Saturday afternoon. No arrests have been made yet in connection to the shooting.