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Former Giant Linval Joseph injured in Minneapolis shooting

New York Giants defensive tackle Linval Joseph #97

New York Giants defensive tackle Linval Joseph #97 yells at his teammates before going back to run at practice during training camp at the Timex Performance Center in East Rutherford, N.J. (Aug. 16, 2011) Credit: Newsday/Joe Epstein

Former Giants defensive tackle Linval Joseph was among nine people injured in a shooting inside a downtown Minneapolis nightclub early Saturday.

According to a police investigation, Linval -- now with the Minnesota Vikings -- went to the 400 SoundBar nightclub sometime after the Vikings' 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 a team statement, which also described him as an innocent bystander and the injury as minor.

Two people with serious injuries were in stable condition Saturday and expected to survive, police spokesman Scott Seroka said. He didn't know the exact condition of the other seven but described most as having minor injuries.

Police are still looking for the shooter.

Club owner Johann Sfaellos told a reporter it was a typical night with patrons busy socializing and dancing, with no fights until he heard gunshots.

"Suddenly, a person just pop, pop, pop," he said of the shooter, who he said dropped the gun on the ground and disappeared before security officers found the gun. "The whole thing was surreal. It was out of the blue."

The Vikings said Joseph likely won't be able to practice for several days. He 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 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.

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