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Mike Zimmer “just about out of the woods” with eye issue


Vikings coach Mike Zimmer missed a couple of weeks of the team’s offseason program after having his eighth eye surgery since suffering a detached retina last November, but his chances of avoiding a ninth are looking good.

Zimmer, who missed one game last season while dealing with the issue, said Thursday that doctors told him the retina now looks “perfect” and that they would be surprised if there are any other issues with his right eye. Zimmer isn’t able to fly yet — he’ll have to drive to Dallas for his daughter’s wedding later this month — but is otherwise moving in the right direction.

“We’re just about out of the woods,” Zimmer said, via

Zimmer did say that doctors warned him that “there’s a 1-in-5 chance that something could happen in the other eye,” but he doesn’t anticipate anything keeping him from coaching every game for the Vikings this year.

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9 Responses to “Mike Zimmer “just about out of the woods” with eye issue”
  1. The Phantom Stranger says: Jun 15, 2017 2:17 PM

    I hope this issue is behind him and he can focus on coaching from now on. Last year was bad for him in many ways, but I really believe he’s the best guy for the job.

  2. upnorthvikesfan says: Jun 15, 2017 2:26 PM

    He is one tough SOB! Reading all that he has been thru with that eye makes me want to up chuck!

  3. whatjusthapped says: Jun 15, 2017 2:30 PM

    Best wishes on a full recovery, I bet he wishes he could say the same (just about out of the woods) for his Viking team.

  4. Liberalsruineverything says: Jun 15, 2017 2:54 PM

    On an unrelated note Mike McCarthy is no where near almost being out of Applebee’s.

  5. icebowler says: Jun 15, 2017 3:41 PM

    Good to hear.

  6. mnrasslinggovjesse says: Jun 15, 2017 4:29 PM

    Just because you can’t see the forest doesn’t mean you’re out of the trees.
    Or something like that.

  7. mackcarrington says: Jun 15, 2017 6:54 PM

    Zimmer is an old-school tough guy. He doesn’t let anyone tell him what to do. Even his doctors, when it comes to saving his eyesight.

  8. bubbasmithguy says: Jun 15, 2017 10:38 PM

    and a lot of the so called football “experts” thought this would end his coaching carrier. Just goes to show you most of these writers know a heck of a lot less than the average Joe.

  9. filthymcnasty3 says: Jun 16, 2017 8:08 PM


    Zimmer gets to watch Michael Floyd!

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