Vikings GM Rick Spielman told reporters on Thursday that HC Mike Zimmer’s vision got worse after walkthrough last night and he underwent emergency surgery for detached retina.
According to Speilman, Zimmer will not be available for Thursday night’s game against the Cowboys.
The Vikings will name special teams coach Mike Priefer as interim head coach for tonight’s game.
In regards to how long Zimmer could be out, Spielman said: “We’re taking it one day at a time. We want to get through tonight, and we’ll reassess tomorrow.”
The Minnesota Vikings announced Wednesday evening that HC Mike Zimmer is undergoing emergency eye surgery and his status for Thursday’s game is in doubt.
Vikings GM Rick Spielman released the following statement regarding Zimmer:
“Mike Zimmer is having emergency eye surgery tonight. His status for coaching tomorrow’s game is uncertain. I have met with the coaches and players and we have a contingency plan in place if Mike is unable to coach against Dallas.”
Zimmer is unable to return in time for tomorrow’s game, it’s possible the Vikings could turn to OC Pat Shurmur, who was promoted to run their offense in season after Norv Turner resigned.
It’s worth mentioning that Zimmer previously had a procedure to repair a torn retina after the team’s game against the Bears a month ago. Zimmer scratched his eye during the game and doctors told him that he had to take care of his quickly or run the risk of going blind.
Although, Zimmer had a second procedure a week later.
We’ll have more regarding Zimmer as the news is available.