Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

NFL Notebook

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

NFL Notebook

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Vikings DT Joseph shot in calf at club

MINNEAPOLIS -- Police are looking for a gunman who shot nine people, including a Minnesota Vikings player, inside a downtown Minneapolis club just before bar closing time Saturday morning.

The shooting occurred at the 400 Soundbar at about 1:40 a.m. Off- duty police officers responded to the shots fired and found nine people injured with gunshot wounds, including one victim who needed CPR at the scene. Police said Saturday that the incident is gang- related, with the suspect targeting one of the victims.

"This is an isolated incident," Assistant Police Chief Matt Clark said. "It's very unusual for the downtown area." Police recovered the weapon at the scene.

Among the injured was Linval Joseph, a defensive tackle with the Minnesota Vikings. In a prepared statement Saturday, the Vikings described Joseph as an "innocent bystander" and said he was hit in the calf by a stray bullet. The injury was minor, and Joseph was treated and released at a hospital, the Vikings said.

JETS CONSIDER VICK-LED WILDCAT PACKAGES -- At Cortland, N.Y., Michael Vick and the wildcat package could be the perfect pairing for the New York Jets.

Sure, the mere mention of the formation might cause some Jets fans to break out into sweats after how it was so unsuccessfully executed with Tim Tebow two years ago. But with this quarterback and in this offense, it could make a whole lot of sense.

Used sparingly, of course.

"It's Mike Vick," linebacker Calvin Pace said Saturday. "Anytime you see that name on the back of the jersey, as a defensive player you are aware of what he could do with his legs and also with his arm. It puts pressure on the defense."

Jets coach Rex Ryan did not dismiss the idea of using the ever- elusive Vick as a change-of-pace option in a wildcat-like or zone- read package. …

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