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Linval Joseph | Defensive Lineman

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/10/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 329
College: East Carolina
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Vikings DT Linval Joseph has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 9.
Joseph thoroughly dominated the Rams' interior offensive line from start to finish last Sunday. He blew up several run plays with seven credited stops from Pro Football Focus and three combined sacks, hits, and hurries as a pass rusher. Joseph has more than lived up to a five-year, $31.5 million contract he signed two offseasons ago. He's PFF's No. 2 defensive tackle behind Aaron Donald. Nov 11 - 10:11 AM

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Vikings NT Linval Joseph is expected to be ready for Week 1 despite being struck in the calf during a Friday night shooting.

"We expect him to make a full recovery and definitely be ready by the regular season," said GM Rick Spielman. Joseph is lucky the wound wasn't severe. He was an innocent bystander when a stray bullet struck him in the calf. Joseph is ticketed for the run-stuffing Domata Peko role in Mike Zimmer's defense.
Sun, Aug 10, 2014 02:02:00 PM

Vikings DT Linval Joseph was shot in the calf during a shooting at a downtown Minneapolis bar Friday night.

In a statement, the Vikings said Joseph was "an innocent bystander" to the shooting. Joseph's injury was reportedly minor, and he has already been released from the hospital. It is unclear how long Joseph will be sidelined.
Sat, Aug 9, 2014 12:59:00 PM

Vikings NT Linval Joseph (shoulder) is expected to be ready for training camp.

Joseph underwent shoulder surgery in March and was held out of minicamp for precautionary reasons. He remains on track to be cleared for the start of camp. Joseph will start at nose tackle in Mike Zimmer's 4-3, with Sharrif Floyd getting the majority of snaps at the three-technique spot.
Sat, Jul 12, 2014 09:11:00 PM

Vikings DT Linval Joseph is sitting out mandatory minicamp as he recovers from right-shoulder surgery.

Joseph underwent the operation prior to signing a five-year, $31.5 million deal in March. The team previously said he was sitting out after a "procedure." The fact that the Vikes were willing to make such a large financial commitment to Joseph is an obvious sign they aren't concerned. Joseph should be ready for training camp.
Tue, Jun 17, 2014 05:03:00 PM

Vikings DT Linval Joseph is limited in OTAs as he recovers from a "procedure."

For whatever reason, the Vikings think concealing what body part Joseph had operated on provides a competitive advantage. According to coach Mike Zimmer, Joseph will be "full go soon." Joseph is starting opposite Sharrif Floyd in Minnesota.
Thu, May 29, 2014 01:15:00 PM

Vikings agreed to terms with DT Linval Joseph, formerly of the Giants, on a five-year, $31.5 million contract.

Joseph, 25, started 46-of-48 games for the Giants the past three seasons and racked up nine sacks while averaging 55 tackles per year. He's equally strong against the run and as a pass rusher. With Kevin Williams, Fred Evans, and Letroy Guion all free agents, the Vikings were starving for a starter to plug in next to Sharrif Floyd. Joseph was considered a priority for the Giants.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 05:24:00 PM

The Giants are likely to be priced out of free agent Linval Joseph's market if he is allowed to reach free agency.

Joseph's cost will likely be too high for a Giants team with a ton of holes to fill. Joseph is only 25 years old and had an outstanding contract season in 2013. He could command $6 million annually or more in free agency.
Tue, Mar 4, 2014 08:48:00 PM

ESPN's Dan Graziano believes it's becoming "more and more evident" that free agent DT Linval Joseph is "determined to hit the market."

Graziano considers Joseph more likely than Hakeem Nicks to be re-signed by the Giants, but ultimately both could leave. Joseph is only 25 years old and returning from an outstanding contract season. He's not going to be cheap.
Sun, Feb 16, 2014 12:23:00 PM

Free agent DT Linval Joseph reiterated that he wants to be back with the Giants next season.

Joseph is one of the top defensive tackles available and would likely need to accept a team-friendly deal to return. Entering his age 26 season, he could command $6 million annually on a new contract. The Giants would be left with just Cullen Jenkins, Johnathan Hankins, and Markus Kuhn if they fail to re-sign Joseph. DT Mike Patterson is also an impending free agent.
Sat, Feb 15, 2014 06:04:00 PM

The Newark Star-Ledger thinks impending free agent DT Linval Joseph may have to take a team-friendly deal to return to the Giants.

Joseph made it clear he wants to re-sign with the Giants, but at 25 years old and coming off three solid seasons he's likely going to go to the highest bidder. The Giants have never really paid defensive tackles much coin in the past, and the Star-Ledger puts Joseph's chances of returning at 40 percent. Joseph will likely be seeking somewhere near $6 million annually on his next deal.
Sat, Jan 18, 2014 09:56:00 AM

The Newark Star-Ledger believes impending free agent DT Linval Joseph could command "at least" $35-40 million on a new contract.

Just 25, Joseph is coming off a third consecutive strong season. He's started 46 of the Giants' past 48 games and has nine sacks over that span. Joseph is also a quality run-stuffing defensive tackle at 6-foot-4, 323. He's our No. 2 free-agent defensive tackle, behind Chicago's Henry Melton and ahead of Green Bay's B.J. Raji. The Giants will likely prioritize Joseph.
Sun, Jan 12, 2014 11:06:00 AM

Giants DT Linval Joseph (ankle, knee) is listed as out for Week 5 against the Eagles.

The G-Men are incredibly banged up entering Sunday's bout with Philly's No. 1 rushing offense. Fellow DT Cullen Jenkins (Achilles, knee) is listed as questionable, and New York is without three key members of its secondary.
Fri, Oct 4, 2013 01:19:00 PM

ESPN New York expects the Giants to prioritize re-signing DT Linval Joseph.

It's a bad sign when you're already discussing next year's free agency plans three weeks into the season. The Giants have a few big-name players operating on expiring contracts. Hakeem Nicks and Justin Tuck are the main two. However, Nicks and Tuck haven't played well during the Giants' 0-3 start. Joseph is only 24 years old. He's above average against the run and as a pass rusher.
Sat, Sep 28, 2013 11:49:00 AM

Giants DT Linval Joseph required postseason surgery to remove a cyst from his left ankle.

Coach Tom Coughlin downplayed the procedure, suggesting Joseph will be "fine." The one unsung member of the Giants' stout front four, Joseph came up big in the playoffs, pushing the pocket and plugging the middle in the run game.
Fri, Feb 24, 2012 12:44:00 PM

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