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Mike Zimmer says second eye procedure kept him from kicker’s tryouts

By Derek Wetmore

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer probably would have watched a small group of kickers try out for the team on Tuesday if he had the opportunity, but he was otherwise occupied.

Zimmer had another procedure done on his right eye, he said Wednesday, which is the same eye on which he had surgery to repair a torn retina last week. He says he’s OK, and that he’s right back to work.

The head coach’s eye was noticeably red Wednesday, a day after the second procedure. After his first operation he wore sunglasses during an outdoor press conference – the one in which he announced offensive coordinator had resigned from his position and would be replaced by tight ends coach Pat Shurmur on an interim basis.

Zimmer had said he’d been having trouble with his eye for a while, even studying film with one eye at times and wearing reading glasses because he couldn’t see his note pad as well as he once could.

He said he scratched his eye two games ago, during a loss to the Bears in Chicago on Monday Night Football. That’s what prompted doctors to check him out the first time and led to the torn retina diagnosis.

It’s not clear this time exactly what procedure he had done, but just like a week ago, you can expect that Zimmer won’t be taking any downtime to rest up

“No. No it’s back to work. Back to the grind,” he said.

The Vikings have lost three in a row and play Washington on the road this weekend. Zimmer said that while he doesn’t like losing, he felt Sunday’s overtime loss to the Detroit Lions at least was representative of the way he wants his team to play.

He might even use his own medical matter as a motivational ploy to his players.

“I just felt like with all the stuff that went on the last couple weeks, for them to go out and act like my football team again – finally – I felt like it was a good thing,” he said. “I told them if I can get six needles stuck in my eye in the last two weeks, then they can suck it up for me.”

The post Mike Zimmer says second eye procedure kept him from kicker’s tryouts appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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