Sabato, 03 Dicembre, 2016

Vikings' Zimmer to miss Thursday game after eye surgery

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer. File Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer. File
Elettra Stolfi | 02 Dicembre, 2016, 12:18

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer will miss what is considered a pivotal game against the Dallas Cowboys Thursday after undergoing emergency surgery on his eye.

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said Wednesday night that Zimmer was having the operation and uncertain to recover in time for the team's game against Dallas on Thursday night.

"I have the utmost confidence - coach Zimmer prepared the team to play tonight, he was at every practice", Spielman said.

Zimmer had a torn retina in his right eye repaired following an October 31 game at Chicago.

The Vikings have released a statement regarding Zimmer's emergency eye surgery.

"We have to see how his eye responds to the surgery", Spielman said. His eye appeared bloodshot during a news conference November 9, as the coach squinted against bright lights, but Zimmer said that day that his vision was good. They'll take on a Cowboys team that has won 10 straight games and has an NFL-best 10-1 record. Talking with him today and with the doctors, as much as he wants to be out there coaching tonight, it's in his best interest that we get this taking care of. "I think after we met, I expressed to him specifically that potentially going blind in one eye is not worth one game in the National Football League".

After a 5-0 start this season, the Minnesota Vikings have lost five of six games to leave themselves clinging to playoff hopes as the calendar moves to December. Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur coached Cleveland from 2011-12 and served one game a year ago as Philadelphia's interim coach. That prompted team doctors to send him for further examination, which led to a diagnosis of a torn retina. That's when he was diagnosed with a torn retina. Zimmer complained he was having trouble seeing in the Vikings' game the next day. Zimmer mentioned recently he's been arriving at his office even earlier than usual, around 4:15 a.m.

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