Vikings rookie defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman is expected to make a full recovery after being shot four times, Twyman's agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Vikings have been apprised of the situation.
Twyman's gunshot wounds were described by Rosenhaus as "superficial, exit wounds" that were sustained inside a vehicle while visiting his aunt in Washington D.C. Twyman was shot in the arm, leg, buttocks and shoulder, Rosenhaus told ESPN. Twyman is expected to be released from the hospital this week, per Rosenhaus, and "there doesn't appear to be any long-term injuries that would prohibit him from playing this season."
He had negative X-rays and will not need surgery. Twyman was simply at the "wrong place, wrong time," Rosenhaus told Schefter. "In talking to him today, he's going to be OK -- that's all that matters," Rosenhaus said, via Schefter. "We're thankful he's OK. He will make a full recovery."
The 6-foot-2, 301-pound Twyman was a sixth-round pick in this year's draft. Before opting out of the 2020 season, Twyman enjoyed a breakout year with the Pitt Panthers. Wearing No. 97 in honor of former Pitt and current NFL standout Aaron Donald, Twyman recorded 10.5 sacks and 12 tackles for loss in 2019. He had at least a half sack in eight games that season that included three sacks against Ohio and 2.5 sacks against North Carolina. Twyman likely sealed his draft fate after benching 225 pounds a whopping 40 times during Pitt's pro day.
Twyman is part of a Vikings rookie class that includes fellow Panther Patrick Jones II, a defensive end who tallied 17.5 sacks during his last two years in Pittsburgh. The duo will look to help improve a Vikings defense that finished 29th in scoring, 25th in passing, 27th in rushing, 10th in third down efficiency and 11th in red zone efficiency last season.
"It's something that I was hoping and praying for when I was getting interviewed by the Vikings and I knew we were two potential prospects," Twyman said of possibly playing with Jones at the next level. "I've just been keeping my fingers crossed [that I'd be] able to reunite with one of my brothers, whether that was Rashad Weaver or Patrick Jones. "It's a blessing to be able to chase quarterbacks down again with Patrick."