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Vikings' Joseph expects to be ready for opener after recovering from gunshot wound

Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph spoke to the media for the first time on Tuesday since he was shot in his calf on Aug. 9. He hasn't participated in practice since the injury, but Joseph expects to be ready for Week 1 against the Rams.

Joseph said he's been conditioning indoors over the past week, but increased his workload on Monday while running outside for the first time.

"My concern right now from the jump was just to do what I love, which is to play football," Joseph said. "I just thank God that it was just a clean wound, straight in and straight out, and it's behind me now. I'm glad I'm healthy and can help this team."

Joseph, in his first year with the Vikings after four seasons with the Giants, was among nine people shot at a downtown Minneapolis club the same night the Vikings defeated the Raiders, 10-6, in their preseason opener at TCF Bank Stadium.

"For all the victims who were involved and seriously hurt, I wish them a speedy recovery as well," Joseph said. "You never wish for anything like that to happen to anybody."

The 25-year-old would not go into details about the night of the shooting but described it as a "scary" moment that has changed his perspective on life.

"It's just a flash and just makes you think about everything you've done in your life," Joseph said. "I'm 25 years old and feel like I have a lot left to accomplish with my job and just my life. I'm just glad I have the opportunity to do that."

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