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  • Chargers' Linval Joseph: Activated from COVID-19 list

    Joseph (illness) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports. Joseph was forced to miss three consecutive games after he tested positive for COVID-19 in November. However, he'll be able to return Sunday against the Giants and should reclaim his starting role.
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  • Chargers' Linval Joseph: Unavailable Sunday

    Joseph (illness) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bengals, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports. Joseph will remain on the reserve/COVID-19 list for a third straight week after he tested positive for the virus. His next chance to return will be Dec. 12 against the Giants.
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  • Chargers' Linval Joseph: Officially out Sunday

    Joseph (shoulder) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh. Joseph was considered doubtful ahead of Sunday's primetime matchup, so his status doesn't come as a surprise. Forrest Merrill and Andrew Brown could see additional playing time against the Steelers.
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  • Chargers' Linval Joseph: Misses week's first practice

    Joseph (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday. It is not known precisely how or when Joseph picked up the injury, but it presumably occurred in the Week 10 loss to the Vikings. The 33-year-old still has a couple more practices to show he can go Sunday, but if he can't, Christian Covington and Justin Jones would be in line for more work.
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  • Chargers' Linval Joseph: Tallies nine tackles

    Joseph recorded nine tackles (eight solo) along with 1.5 tackles for loss in the Chargers 27-24 win over the Eagles on Sunday. Joseph was a dominant force in the win, finishing with his best numbers all season. Statistically, the Chargers have the worst run defense in the NFL, and teams have been able to run on them at will, however, Joseph's possible emergence as the primary run stopper should be seen as a positive sign for the Chargers.
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  • Chargers' Linval Joseph: Records eight tackles

    Joseph had eight tackles (three solo) during Sunday's 30-24 win over the Chiefs. It's the first time since 2018 the veteran defensive tackle tallied at least eight tackles, and he did so Sunday while playing only 39 of 79 defensive snaps. The 32-year-old isn't on the IDP radar and remains a much more valuable player on the field than for fantasy purpoes.
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  • Vikings' Linval Joseph: Back on injury report

    Joseph (knee) didn't practice Wednesday. Joseph beat the odds to suit up in this past Monday's loss to the Seahawks, so it's not surprising that he's taking it easy during the practice week. As long as the 31-year-old defensive end can practice by Friday, he should be good to go Sunday against the Lions.
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  • Vikings' Linval Joseph: Back on practice field

    Joseph (knee) returned to practice Wednesday, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports. Joseph underwent surgery to trim the meniscus in his knee ahead of Week 10's bout against the Cowboys, and he was tagged with a four-week recovery timeline. The veteran defensive tackle appears to be ahead of schedule, as Monday's matchup against the Seahawks will mark three weeks since the procedure. The Vikings will keep an eye on his practice status as the week progresses. If he's able to play, Joseph will be a valuable addition against the Seahawks' run-heavy offense.
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  • Vikings' Linval Joseph: Recovering from knee surgery

    Joseph underwent surgery to trim the meniscus in his knee prior to Sunday's 28-24 win over the Cowboys, Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune report. Joseph suffered a knee injury during Week 7's win over the Lions, but he managed to play and practice through the issue until last Thursday. The 31-year-old is likely to remain sidelined through at least the Vikings' bye in Week 12, so his earliest chance to retake the field could come Dec. 2 versus the Seahawks. Expect Jaleel Johnson to play increased snaps on defense as long as Joseph is unable to go.
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  • Vikings' Linval Joseph: Can't practice Thursday

    Joseph did not practice Thursday due to a knee injury, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Joseph was able to practice without limitations Wednesday, so his knee issue appears to have been sustained during Thursday's session. He was spotted limping in the locker room. Coach Mike Zimmer should disclose some details about Joseph's situation after the Vikings submit Thursday's second practice report of the week.
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  • Vikings' Linval Joseph: Impressive pass rush in opener

    Joseph recorded four tackles and a sack in Sunday's 28-12 win over the Falcons. Joseph's one sack is enough to match 2018's total, so this may just be an anomaly. However, Week 2's matchup versus the Packers will be another good opportunity to continue his pass-rushing success, as QB Aaron Rodgers was sacked five times by the Bears in the season opener.
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  • Vikings' Linval Joseph: Limited through end of spring workouts

    Joseph (undisclosed) remained limited through the end of spring workouts, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Joseph has been present at practice but has not participated in any team drills throughout OTAs and minicamp. The exact nature of his injury remains behind closed doors, and it's not certain if Joseph will remain limited when training camp opens next month.
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  • Vikings' Linval Joseph: Leads defense in tackles

    Joseph had 10 tackles (four solo) in Monday's 21-7 loss at Seattle. Joseph had his busiest game of the year, as the Seahawks had 42 rushing attempts on 64 offensive plays. The 30-year-old has 51 total tackles -- 17 of which have come in the last two weeks -- heading into the Week 15 matchup with the Dolphins.
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  • Vikings' Linval Joseph: Records 68 tackles in 2017

    Joseph recorded 68 tackles, 3.5 sacks and one fumble recovery over 16 games in 2017. Joseph backed up his stellar 77-tackle, four-sack 2016 campaign with another strong season, grading out as Pro Football Focus' fourth-ranked defensive tackle against the run and eighth overall at his position. His on-field success translated to the fantasy realm considering the eight-year vet finished as the 13th-highest scoring defensive lineman in standard IDP scoring. Under contract with the Vikings for years to come, Joseph should continue to produce at a high level and remain a strong fantasy asset.
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  • Vikings' Linval Joseph: Inks four-year extension with Minnesota

    Joseph signed a four-year, $50 million contract extension with the Vikings on Saturday, ESPN's Kevin Seifert reports. Joseph will make $31.5 million in guaranteed money. Coming off a career year in which the 2010 second-rounder racked up 77 tackles, four sacks and three forced fumbles, Joseph is now set to stay in Minnesota through the 2022 season.
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  • Vikings' Linval Joseph: Questionable to play

    Joseph (shoulder) is questionable to play Sunday against the Redskins. Joseph didn't practice Wednesday nor Thursday, but returned in limited fashion Friday. If he doesn't play, only Tom Johnson and Shamar Stephen remain as the Vikings' lone, healthy defensive tackles.
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  • Vikings' Linval Joseph: Five tackles and a sack in season opener

    Joseph had five tackles, a sack and a tackle for a loss in Sunday's win at Tennessee. Joseph played 40 of 67 snaps on defense and showed his offseason toe surgery isn't a worry.
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  • Vikings' Linval Joseph: Full practice Friday

    Joseph (foot) is considered probable for Sunday's playoff game versus Seattle. Joseph has dealt with a foot injury for the past month or so, causing him to play some weeks and miss others, but he's expected to play Sunday following a full practice to finish the week.
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  • Vikings' Linval Joseph: Not expected to play

    Joseph (foot) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Packers. Joseph played in Week 16 against the Giants after missing the previous three games due to his foot injury. Although no setback was reported, his inability to practice all week suggests that he aggravated his foot during the game.
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  • Vikings' Linval Joseph: Active Sunday

    Joseph (foot) is listed as active Sunday versus the Giants. Joseph has missed the last three contests, but after building up to a full practice session Friday, he'll serve his normal spot as one of the Vikings' starting defensive tackles. Outside of 54 tackles (41 solo) in 11 games, he's only contributed one forced fumble and a half sack.
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