Vikings' Zimmer to take time off after latest eye surgery

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer will not be at the team's OTA sessions as he continues to recover from the eye ailment that plagued him last season.

Zimmer has battled eye issues since suffering a torn retina that required surgery after the Vikings lost to the Chicago Bears on October 31. He also hopes the operation is the last on his right eye but added, "I've thought that before". "He's from here", said Zimmer. On Saturday, when Zimmer met with members of the media, he revealed that he had yet another eye operation last week. It's the eighth surgery he's had since November 1. Interest in the camp was so strong, the coach said, that the registration website crashed. That forced Zimmer to miss the next day's game against Dallas, the only game he has missed in his 23-year career as an National Football League assistant and head coach.

"It's so complicated, but they took the silicone oil out". The Star Tribune reports (http://strib.mn/2pXiUxn ) that Zimmer says he had the surgery Wednesday.

Zimmer's daughter, Corri, was asked if she worries about her father with everything he has been through with his eye. "Of course, I'm anxious about it, though".

  • Julie Sanders