St. Croix’s Joseph Gets Snippy With Reporter Who Asks About His Being Scrapped For Injury
SCRAPPED FOR SUNDAY: Linval Joseph
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph was ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks with a foot injury, meaning Sharrif Floyd will start at nose tackle and Tom Johnson will be at three-technique tackle against the Seahawks’ second-ranked running game, according to ESPN.
“Of course it’s going to be frustrating. You should know that,” Joseph said to a reporter who asked him about being out on Sunday. “But I’m just glad I can still support my team, go out there and help them and just use my eyes — be a coach.”
Floyd will play nose tackle for the first time in the NFL, but didn’t sound fazed by the change in his assignment; he played a wide variety of spots in Florida’s 3-4 scheme while he was in college, including nose tackle.
“I was a defensive end in college, I was a nose in college, I was a three (-technique) in college,” Floyd said. “It’s just playing ball at this point. It’s something I love to do. Coach asks me to do something, it’s going to get done. No need to be crying about it; I’ve still got to do it.”
Joseph didn’t practice for the team on Wednesday or Thursday due to the foot injury, and his status could be in doubt for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.
According to a league source, Joseph’s injury is not serious, but his loss could be difficult for the Vikings to absorb against Seahawks bruiser Thomas Rawls, considering what Joseph has meant to their interior run defense this season.
Minnesota Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer has called St. Croix native Joseph the best nose tackle that he has ever coached.
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