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Vikings coach Zimmer's eye recovering well, doctor says

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer oversees a session Tuesday, June 13, at Winter Park in Eden Prairie, Minn. Brad Rempel / USA TODAY Sports

MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings coach Mike Zimmer received good news from his eye doctor this week.

Zimmer, who has had eight surgeries on his right eye since last November, said he was told Wednesday, June 14 his "retina is perfect" and "pressure is great." Zimmer missed two weeks of practice after his most recent surgery, on May 17, but said he doesn't expect his eye condition to prevent him from working the rest of the summer.

Zimmer, though, did say he was informed by his eye doctor it's possible he could have a future issue with his left eye.

"Maybe they're always a little cautious," Zimmer said Thursday after spring drills concluded with a three-day minicamp. "He actually said, 'I'm more worried about your other eye than this eye.' Now, don't get all headlines on that, because what he said was, 'Because your eyes are typically shaped the same way, there's a 1-in-5 chance that something could happen in your other eye.'"

Zimmer did not express a great deal of concern about that Thursday. He said doctors will be "diligent" and likely would catch any possible problem with his left eye in time to prevent further damage.

The coach scratched that eye during an Oct. 31 game at Chicago. That led to Zimmer missing a Dec. 1 game against Dallas the night after he had emergency surgery and to taking the two weeks this spring before returning last week.

Zimmer said his vision with correction is now 20-100 and will continue to improve. He said he has a "little bubble" in his eye that is expected to be gone by the end of next week.

"(The doctor) said he would be absolutely shocked if anything else happened to this eye the way it is now," Zimmer said. "I'm just about out of the woods. .... I'm not out of the woods totally but it's nice we're progressing the right (way) and maybe No. 9 (surgery) doesn't show up."

Zimmer's doctor doesn't want him flying another another couple of weeks. He is planning to drive to Dallas for his daughter Corri's June 25 wedding.

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