Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, who returned to work on Monday after undergoing two operations to repair a detached retina last week, was coaching his team with a patch over his right eye on Tuesday.
Zimmer worked with defensive back Xavier Rhodes during individual drills and observed the team's defensive backs and linebackers during the open portion of practice. His right eye was covered with a white patch, but Zimmer appeared to be going about his business with his usual tenacity.
The coach, who had two operations on his eye in early November, needed emergency surgery last Wednesday after his vision worsened, and Zimmer was forced to miss the first game of his 23-year NFL career on Thursday night against the Dallas Cowboys.
Zimmer had another operation after a follow-up appointment on Friday, but indications after that operation were that he would be able to return to work, and the Vikings announced on Monday that Zimmer was back at the team facility. And on Tuesday, the coach's return brought a lift to players' spirits -- along with a few pirate jokes.
"He is one tough dude," guard Alex Boone said. "Knowing Zim, I would expect nothing less. ... Him being back is good for the team. The morale is back, and it was good to hear him this morning in the team meeting."
The timing of Zimmer's surgeries raised the question of whether the coach would be able to travel with the team to Jacksonville by flight, where changes in air pressure could affect his eye, but the Vikings said Monday that Zimmer was expected to fly with the team to Florida.
MINNEAPOLIS -- After missing the first game of his NFL career on Thursday night because of a detached retina, Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer resumed his coaching duties on Monday.wholesale jerseys
Zimmer is expected to travel with the team for the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Dec. 11, the team said in a statement.
The coach had another operation on his right eye on Friday, after a follow-up appointment on Friday morning. Zimmer had emergency surgery on Wednesday -- his third operation of November on his eye -- and did not coach in the Vikings' 17-15 loss against the Dallas Cowboys.cheap jerseys
Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer filled in for Zimmer on Thursday night, while defensive coordinator George Edwards took over Zimmer's play-calling duties on defense. Priefer said he was ready to coach another game in Zimmer's place if the coach was not able to return for the Jaguars game, but Priefer added on Thursday night, "I hope I'm not needed in that capacity."cheap NFL jerseys,
The timing of Zimmer's surgeries raised the question of whether the coach would be able to make the 1,500-mile journey to Jacksonville by flight, where changing air pressure could affect his right eye, or whether he would need to be driven to Florida. The Vikings' statement, however, indicated Zimmer would be able to make the team flight on Saturday.www.wholesalejerseysi.com
The Vikings held the Cowboys to a season-low 264 yards, and became the first team to sack Dak Prescott at least three times since Week 2, but their loss dropped the Vikings to 6-6.
The Vikings have lost six of their last seven games after a 5-0 start and fell two games behind the Detroit Lions in the NFC North after the Lions won at New Orleans on Sunday. A favorable finishing schedule, though, gives the Vikings a chance of winning out and possibly making the playoffs with a 10-6 record.
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