Defensive tackle Michael Pierce is back with the Vikings, after opting out of the 2020 season due to the pandemic. Meeting with reporters on Wednesday, Pierce said that the Vikings haven’t decided as a team whether to opt out of offseason workouts in 2021.

Via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Pierce said that it remains undecided regarding whether he, or anyone on the team, will participate in offseason practices, ostensibly due to lingering concerns regarding the pandemic.

Offseason program or not, Pierce is glad to be back. “It was rough to be honest with you,” he said regarding opting out, “but it was necessary.” He said that opting out gave him “an early snapshot” of life after football.