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Rapoport: Michael Pierce suffers calf injury while training

But he’s not expected to miss the start of the season

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For the Minnesota Vikings (and 31 other teams that aren’t nearly as important), the start of Training Camp is about a week and a half away. However, it appears that there’s already an injury issue for the purple to deal with.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, defensive tackle Michael Pierce has suffered a calf injury and could end up missing the start of Training Camp. Fortunately, it is not something that is going to keep him from being ready for the start of the regular season, according to the report from Rapoport.

Pierce signed a three-year deal with the Vikings last season, but wound up opting out due to COVID-19 concerns connected to him being asthmatic. He is expected to shore up what was an incredibly porous Vikings’ run defense in tandem with Dalvin Tomlinson in 2021.

The injury is reported to be a minor one, but after what happened with the Danielle Hunter situation last season, you’ll forgive fans of this team if they get a little worried about every report of a “tweak” that comes out of the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center here for a while.

Here’s hoping that Michael Pierce is ready to go sooner rather than later, because he’s expected to play a huge role for our favorite team in 2021.