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St. Croix’s Joseph Gets Snippy With Reporter Who Asks About His Being Scrapped For Injury

Linval Joseph himself


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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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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