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Minnesota Vikings rookie Jaylen Twyman recovering after being shot

Dec 26, 2019; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers defensive lineman Jaylen Twyman (97) prepares for the snap during the third quarter against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Vikings rookie defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman was wounded after being shot Monday in Washington D.C., but is expected to make a full recovery.

The team announced the news in a statement and said Twyman, who turns 22 next month, was among several victims in the incident.

“We have been in direct contact with Jaylen and his family and we are extremely thankful that Jaylen is expected to make a full recovery,” said the team. “At this time we will defer any further comment to the proper authorities.”

Twyman’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told NFL.com that Twyman, the team’s sixth-round pick out of Pittsburgh in the NFL draft two months ago, was shot four times.

“They are all flesh wounds, superficial wounds,” Rosenhaus said. “I spoke to him, I spoke to his family they’re all at the hospital. He’s expected to make a full recovery. He walked himself into the hospital. He was an innocent bystander in a car — wrong place, wrong time.

“They did X-rays, there are no broken bones, no ligament damage. I spoke to his father, he’s going to be OK. And I informed the Vikings of everything that is going on and how he is.”

Twyman posted 57 tackles and 11 sacks in two seasons at Pitt, earning first-team All-ACC honors in 2019. The D.C. native topped the Panthers with 10.5 sacks in 2019 after redshirting during his freshman season in 2017.

He opted to sit out of the 2020 campaign because of COVID-19 concerns.

–Field Level Media