Vikings' Zimmer returns to coaching duties

Zachary BarrettDec 07, 2016

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has returned to practice with the team following surgery to fix a detached retina. Zimmer, who was forced to miss Thursday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys, was donning an eye patch over his right eye. Zimmer is having emergency eye surgery, about a month after he had an initial procedure to fix a torn retina. Mike Priefer's special teams dissolved while he was standing in for Mike Zimmer.

"Mike Zimmer has returned to his coaching duties and is expected to travel with the team to Jacksonville for this weekend's game".

At 6-6, the Vikings need to win at least three out of the next four games to have a chance at the playoffs.


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.

Minnesota has winnable games versus the Jags, Colts and Bears and a pivotal Week 16 matchup versus the Packers left.

Getting their leader back on the sideline could provide the spark needed to bookend the season with a winning streak.

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