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Updated: June 17th, 2014 4:08pm
Linval Joseph says he'll be ready for training camp following surgery

Linval Joseph says he'll be ready for training camp following surgery

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Linval Joseph says he'll be ready to go for training camp.

He had surgery in January to repair a labrum in his shoulder, he said. He's done strength exercises and rehab since signing with the Vikings, but he has sat out all team drills during Organized Team Activities and mandatory minicamp.

Fred Evans has taken snaps with the first unit, although Joseph is expected to be the starter. He signed a five-year, $31.5 million contract in March to be the run-stopping nose tackle in Mike Zimmer's defense.

Joseph, who has been rehabbing after surgery, said he's "finally" been cleared to lift. He added that he'll be ready to go for training camp next month in Mankato.

"I'm healthy, ready to go. Ready for training camp," Joseph said after a minicamp practice Tuesday.

Joseph missed a game last season while with the Giants, but it was for a high-ankle sprain, he said.

He plans to work on strengthening his arm and the smaller muscles around his shoulder.

He side-stepped the suggestion that missing team drills before training camp in a new system is bound to set him back.

"I think this is the best situation ever for me because right now it's new to everybody," Joseph said. "So I feel like some of the stuff that I already know is going to help me because they're running it here.

"Just the alignment, the scheme, stuff like that. I already did it [in New York] so it already gave me like a little head start so I feel like I'm not too far behind." 

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
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