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


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.

Zimmer recently underwent his eighth surgery on his right eye since November, when he scratched his retina during a game. He was forced to miss the December 1 home loss to Dallas while his assistant coaches ran the team from the sidelines.

Currently, he is receiving OTA updates from linebackers coach Adam Zimmer - his son - and defensive line coach Andre Patterson. "Like I texted Kyle Rudolph, I said, 'hey, I'll be back shortly with one eye or two, doesn't really matter, I'm going to be back.' So, we can put that me retiring thing or whatever to bed quickly". He has another doctor appointment on June 5.

"Hopefully at that point we're good to go", Zimmer said.

"It's not much fun", he said.

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Once the bubble dissolves, Zimmer will find out if the retina can stay in place on its own. "It was kind of a forced situation". If it was, I'd tell you.' Obviously, I've thought about it.

"We were very aggressive in signing college free agents and we probably spent the most, I think, probably the most money since I have been here and tried to get the best talent out there", general manager Rick Spielman said after the draft concluded April 29.

"I've been pretty smart about it; I take a lot of breaks", he said.

".So, this will not keep me from coaching". "... I do miss being in the meetings with the players and I miss especially being out on the field where I can give immediate feedback to technique and things like that". "But this is not going to keep me from coaching one way or another".

As for Treadwell, he's developing "a trust" with the quarterbacks and is making progress toward becoming a productive receiver. "But I don't love it too much this week", he said. He's still got a long ways to go.