Vikings' Joseph says he was an 'innocent bystander'

Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph was hit in the calf by a stray bullet fired in a Minneapolis nightclub.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- After being shot by a stray bullet at a night club on Friday night, Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph released a statement on Sunday saying he was an "innocent bystander."

Joseph was struck in the calf by a stray bullet while at the 400 SoundBar club in downtown Minneapolis after the team's 10-6 win over the Oakland Raiders. He was released from a local hospital shortly after receiving treatment and is expected to rejoin the team later this week.

"I appreciate everyone's thoughts and concerns over the past 24 hours," said Joseph in the statement released by the team. "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."

According to the Star-Tribune, multiple people were wounded -- two seriously -- by an unknown gunman that fired several shots around 1:50 a.m. CT on Saturday morning.

Joseph signed a five-year, $31.5 million contract with the Vikings in March after spending four seasons with the New York Giants. The 25-year-old produced nine sacks while starting 46 games for New York over the last three seasons and was a member of the Giants' Super Bowl XLVI champion team in 2011.

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