Now with the Minnesota Vikings after signing a five-year, $31.5 million deal early in free agency, defensive tackle Linval Joseph admits he played the 2013 with a partially torn lambrum in his shoulder and never once let the Giants' team doctors know he was injured. Rather, he waited until season's end to reveal the injury, which subsequently required an offseason surgery.
"I kept it to myself," Joseph told the Pioneer Press. "I played through it. By me being hurt, it showed me a different side of my game. So I just had to get smarter, quicker and just study and use just straight power. So it actually developed my game to the next level."
The Giants, apparently, had no idea Joseph was even laboring as he never once appeared on their injury report with a shoulder injury. Rather, he finished the season having played in 15 games, collecting 59 tackles, three sacks and six stuffs. The one game he missed came in Week 5 against the Philadelphia Eagles when he was dealing with an ankle/knee issue.
Given the extreme numbers of injuries the Giants endured in 2013, it's possible Joseph was merely being a team player and forcing himself through an injury as to not put the team in an even worse position. Another option — and perhaps far more realistic — is that Joseph knew he was in a contract year and had to do whatever he could to earn a large, long-term contract.
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