Vikings Have Lost Two Games In A Row With St. Croix’s Linval Joseph On The Bench
INJURY REPORT: Linval Joseph of St. Croix
EDEN PRARIE, Minn. – Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph sat out Thursday night’s 23-20 loss to the Arizona Cardinals because of a lingering foot injury.
Joseph, 27, also didn’t play in the Vikings 38-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks last week as well. His injury was considered “not serious,” according to ESPN.com’s Ben Goessling, but the short week likely forced the Vikings to err on the side of caution.
Joseph’s performance this year has been integral to Minnesota’s run defense. He’s posted 54 tackles and 0.5 sacks, putting himself on pace to set a career high in the former category. Pro Football Focus ranks him as the fifth-best interior defensive lineman in the NFL.
“He’s doing so many good things and he’s such a great kid, and really kind of embodies what we’re trying to get this football team to be like,” coach Mike Zimmer said in November. “He does an awful lot of dirty work and doesn’t necessarily get the recognition. I know he’s getting more now. He doesn’t really care about getting recognition, I don’t believe.”
Sharrif Floyd moved inside to nose tackle with Joseph out. But that hasn’t worked well with Minnesota losing its last two games in a row.
Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer threw for 310 yards and Cardinals running back had 92 yards rushing Thursday night.
Last week, Seattle running back Thomas Rawls went for over 100 yards, and quarterback Russell Wilson added 51 on the ground.
But the Vikings don’t really have much of a better option at this point. Joseph’s absence is just going to show how fragile the performance of a front seven can be.