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Linval Joseph | Defensive Lineman | #98

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/10/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 329
College: East Carolina
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 2 (46) / NYG
Contract: view contract details

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Vikings NT Linval Joseph (turf toe) said he is close to 100 percent.
Joseph stayed in Minnesota over the offseason to rehab a turf-toe issue which hampered him over the final two months of the season. Joseph's goal is to be a full participant in the offseason program, but he is not going to push it. He should be fully healthy well before training camp. Mon, Apr 18, 2016 11:47:00 AM
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Vikings NT Linval Joseph will have surgery on a lingering turf-toe issue.

Joseph dealt with a "foot" injury late in the season and missed four games. He should be 100 percent by the time the offseason program rolls around.
Tue, Jan 12, 2016 11:56:00 AM

Vikings NT Linval Joseph (foot) is listed as probable for the Wild Card Round.

Joseph was held out of Week 17, and it appears that was a good decision made by the Vikings. Joseph practiced all week and will start versus Seattle.
Fri, Jan 8, 2016 03:30:00 PM

Vikings NT Linval Joseph (foot) returned to practice on Wednesday.

If Joseph can give it a go after missing Week 17, the Vikings' defense will be at full strength and a far cry from the unit Russell Wilson shredded for four all-purpose touchdowns in Week 13. FS Harrison Smith and SLB Anthony Barr have long since returned. Joseph is the final puzzle piece.
Wed, Jan 6, 2016 09:36:00 PM

Vikings NT Linval Joseph (foot) is inactive for Week 17.

Joseph was listed as doubtful, but made the trip to Green Bay. The Vikings will be without their top run-stopper for the NFC North title. Also inactive are WR Charles Johnson, QB Taylor Heinicke, LB Brandon Watts, OT Jeremiah Sirles, C Nick Easton, and DE Zach Moore.
Sun, Jan 3, 2016 07:11:00 PM

Vikings NT Linval Joseph (doubtful, foot) traveled with the team to Green Bay.

Joseph's still not expected to play. The Vikings will be without their top run stopper for Sunday night’s NFC North title. Tom Johnson will pick up Joseph’s snaps.
Sat, Jan 2, 2016 07:39:00 PM

Vikings NT Linval Joseph (foot) is listed as doubtful for Week 17.

Joseph returned in last Sunday night's drubbing of the Giants, but since suffered a setback. Joseph's absence upgrades Eddie Lacy's Week 17 matchup
Fri, Jan 1, 2016 02:35:00 PM

Vikings NT Linval Joseph (foot) is probable for Week 16 against the Giants.

Joseph is back after missing the last three weeks with a foot injury. He owns PFF's fifth-highest defensive tackle grade out of 70 qualifiers this year.
Fri, Dec 25, 2015 04:02:00 PM

Vikings declared NT Linval Joseph, SLB Anthony Barr, FS Harrison Smith, QB Taylor Heinicke, WR Charles Johnson, C Nick Easton, and OT Jeremiah Sirles inactive for Week 15 against the Bears.

Joseph returned to practice this week from his foot injury, but still isn't ready to go. All three of Joseph, Smith, and Barr are very important on all three levels of the defense. Upgrade Matt Forte, who's a high-end RB1.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 11:46:00 AM

Vikings NT Linval Joseph (foot) has resumed practicing.

Joseph, FS Harrison Smith (hamstring) and SS Andrew Sendejo are all tentatively on track to return against the Bears, but SLB Anthony Barr (groin) remains sidelined. It's also possible any of Joseph, Smith or Sendejo could still get ruled out. The Vikes badly need to get healthy as they try to stop their second half slide.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 02:39:00 PM

Vikings NT Linval Joseph (foot) has been ruled out for Thursday night's Week 14 game against the Cardinals.

Joining Joseph as ruled out are fellow defensive starters SLB Anthony Barr (groin), FS Harrison Smith (hamstring), and SS Andrew Sendejo (knee). All three of Joseph, Barr, and Smith are near the top of the league among their positions in Pro Football Focus' grades, and all excel in run defense. This sets up as a dream spot for Cardinals RB David Johnson. He's an elite RB1.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 02:35:00 PM

KFAN in Minnesota reports Vikings NT Linval Joseph (foot), FS Harrison Smith (hamstring), and SLB Anthony Barr (groin) have all been ruled out for Thursday night's game against Arizona.

A Vikings defense that played above its head in the first half of the season has crumbled the last three weeks, and will now be without three of its best players on Thursday night against the Cardinals' No. 1-ranked offense. Joseph is one of the league's premier interior run stuffers. Smith is a difference-making safety. Barr can cover, rush the passer, and stop the run.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 10:06:00 PM

Vikings DT Linval Joseph (foot) has been ruled out for Week 13.

Joseph has a top-four defensive tackle grade at Pro Football Focus this season, and is No. 2 behind only Ravens NT Brandon Williams against the run. Joseph's absence is a significant upgrade to Thomas Rawls' Week 13 matchup.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 03:22:00 PM

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.
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 10:11:00 AM

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

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