Reports: Vikings' Michael Pierce to sit out season due to COVID-19

That leaves a gaping hole in the middle of Minnesota's defensive line.
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Minnesota's biggest offseason acquisition, defensive tackle Michael Pierce, is sitting out the upcoming 2020 NFL season as a precaution amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

The news of Pierce's decision was first reported by NFL Network's Tom Pelissero and Mike Garafolo. 

Pierce, who starred as a run-stuffing nose tackle with the Baltimore Ravens, signed a three-year deal worth $27 million, including $18 million guaranteed, this offseason. 

Vikings veterans were scheduled to report to team headquarters in Eagan for the start of training camp on Tuesday, though football-related activities won't happen for a handful of days as players are required to pass three COVID-19 tests before being allowed into TCO Performance Center. 

This is a developing story.  

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