Defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman, who was shot four times last June and missed his entire 2021 rookie season, is expected to begin off-season practice with the Vikings on Monday, according to his agent Drew Rosenhaus.
Rosenhaus texted Saturday that Twyman has fully recovered from his injuries.
Twyman, who was selected for the sixth round from Pittsburgh in May 2021, was shot dead in a vehicle on June 21, 2021 while visiting relatives in his hometown of Washington DC. He spent all of last season on Minnesota’s non-football injury list.
Twyman is expected to bring depth to the defensive line for the Vikings as they move from a 4-3 scheme to a 3-4 under new defensive coordinator Ed Donatell. He hasn’t played since the 2019 season when he had 10 1/2 sacks for the Pittsburgh Panthers. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, he has opted for the 2020 season.
Twyman was an innocent victim as he was one of four people shot in the incident. Nobody suffered life-threatening injuries.
At the hospital the day after the shooting, Twyman told Washington television station WTTG-5 that he passed out after the incident and described his injuries as lacerations. His mother, Stephanie Twyman, told Washington broadcaster WRC-4 the day after the shooting that her son miraculously survived because the gunshots caused superficial exit wounds.
The Vikings were allowed by the NFL to begin off-season practice on April 11 instead of April 18 because they had a new coach in Kevin O’Connell. However, they chose to start on Monday.
The Vikings will host a rookie minicamp on May 13-14 and volunteer organized team activities on May 16-17, May 19, May 23-24, May 26 and June 31-3. Your obligatory mini camp will take place from June 7th to 9th.
https://www.twincities.com/2022/04/09/jaylen-twyman-fully-recovered-after-being-shot-last-june-to-begin-offseason-drills-with-vikings/ Jaylen Twyman, who has made a full recovery after being shot last June, begins off-season practice with Vikings – Twin Cities