Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

Vikings' Linval Joseph undergoes knee surgery

Joseph's injury isn't severe and he could be back this week against Denver.
2018_0121_Eagles_Away_Playoffs_NFCChampionship_0080

As the Minnesota Vikings inch closer to the bye week, it appears that it will be coming at the right time. While most of the Vikings' injury woes have been centered around the loss of Adam Thielen, another growing concern is the availability of nose tackle Linval Joseph.

After getting in a limited practice last Wednesday, Joseph missed Thursday and Friday's sessions before sitting out the Vikings' win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. As the dust settled from the 28-24 victory, it appears that Joseph's situation wasn't a quick fix as he underwent knee surgery on Monday.

According to Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune, Joseph's knee injury isn't severe and the lynchpin of the Vikings interior will return "in the near future." That's something that head coach Mike Zimmer hinted at during Monday's press conference.

"I don't know yet," Zimmer said when asked about a potential timetable for Joseph's recovery. "He could be back this week. We'll see."

Even if it is a brief absence for Joseph, it still will be felt throughout the defense even after it shut down Ezekiel Elliott for just 47 yards on Sunday night. 

If it does take a little longer, more pressure will be put on backup Jaleel Johnson, who had a solid game against the Cowboys.

"[Johnson] played really well," Zimmer said. "First play of the game he tried to maybe come off a block a little bit too soon on the first run, but then after that, he was really good. I thought he played hard, played good. He pushed the pocket a couple times. I thought he did well."

After battling injury woes for most of 2018, Joseph is in the midst of a fine rebound season, recording more tackles for loss (five) then he had all of last season (four). He also has tripled his sack total from last year with three in the Vikings' first nine games.

If there is a silver lining, it's that the Vikings still have their bye in front of them. After facing a Denver Broncos team they should be able to beat without Joseph, he should have an extra week to heal up before a big NFC showdown with the Seattle Seahawks on Dec. 2.

Next Up

Cam Talbot / Minnesota Wild

Talbot leads Wild to 7th straight victory

The Wild opened a four-game road trip with a win in Edmonton.

Paige Bueckers

Paige Bueckers out 6-8 weeks with injury

The Hopkins native was hurt during Sunday's matchup with Notre Dame.

Anthony Barr

Vikings' defense could get reinforcements against Steelers

Several starters could return for a critical Thursday night matchup.

Mercer ATV accident fundraiser

High schooler in coma, fighting for his life after ATV crash

Family members found the teen on the ground and unresponsive.

Nolan Sprengeler - muskie record - nov 2021

Angler officially breaks 64-year-old state muskie record

The muskellunge he caught on Nov. 22 weighed a whopping 55 pounds, 14 ounces.

coronavirus, ICU, covid-19 hospital, doctor

4th teen COVID-19 death reported in MN is the 2nd in as many weeks

All four teenage COVID-19 deaths in the state have been reported in the past two months.

Anil Menon

Minnesota native named to NASA's new astronaut class

When he's done training, he could be sent to the space station or the moon.

broadway pizza interior facebook

Gallery: Original Broadway Pizza auctioning off everything

Get your hands on some classic Broadway signage, train-themed decor and more.

art shanty projects

Art Shanty Projects to return to Lake Harriet this winter

The festival has made some creative changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.

flickr - gov tim walz - mn senate dfl

After 'extraordinary' revenue growth, MN projects $7.7B surplus

But finance officials note there is still "significant risk" due to economic uncertainty.

Related

Thielen, Joseph ruled out, Waynes questionable against Cowboys

Jaleel Johnson is expected to fill in for Linval Joseph.

Xavier Rhodes

5 starting positions the Vikings will need to fill for 2020

With the Vikings pressed against the cap, change could be coming in Minnesota.

Irv Smith Jr.

Report: Irv Smith Jr. to undergo knee surgery, will miss start of season

The tight end's anticipated breakout will be put on hold.

Danielle Hunter

Offseason preview: Who will remain on the defensive line?

With a pair of aging veterans, the trenches could look different in 2020.