Zimmer: 'I'll be back with one eye or two'

Erica Murray
May 27, 2017

"I'll be back shortly", Zimmer vowed in a conference call with reporters on Friday.

The Vikings fourth-year head coach has led the Minnesota franchise to a 26-22 record through his first three seasons at the helm and has no intentions of letting his recurring eye issues derail his National Football League coaching career.

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said on Friday he will return to coaching the team even if vision problems in his right eye eventually cause him to lose his sight.

So he will be back for OTAs on June 5-8 and for minicamp June 13-15, provided he is cleared by doctors. Zimmer has been resting at his Kentucky ranch, in what he said was a mandated absence from the team created to give him time to recover. "Usually I love it down here in my place here. I guess in the long run it's the best thing for me".

Currently, he is receiving OTA updates from linebackers coach Adam Zimmer - his son - and defensive line coach Andre Patterson.

"The players are probably getting exhausted of me texting them because I text them things I see on tape", Zimmer said. "I miss being in meetings with players and being on field and giving immediate feedback, things like that".

Zimmer also provided details on his right eye, which now contains a gas bubble.

Zimmer met with an eye doctor in Cincinnati who told him things are progressing well.

"I've been getting a lot of well wishes from fans and people that have had retina issues and coaches around the league (and players)", Zimmer said.

"I don't want to go blind in this eye (but) if that's what it is, that's what it is", Zimmer said.

The bubble is created to stabilize his retina so it remains attached after the bubble dissolves.

In three years coaching the Vikings, Zimmer has gone 26-22, with one division title and a heartbreaking playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

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