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Mike Zimmer Says His Eye Is Doing “Great”

It’s welcome news for the head coach after eight surgeries

NFL: Houston Texans at Minnesota Vikings Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Since last November, Minnesota Vikings’ head coach Mike Zimmer has had to undergo eight different surgeries on his eye, including one a few weeks ago that caused him to miss the start of the team’s Organized Team Activities. With Zimmer being pretty beloved by a good portion of the fan base, any news we can get about his health is important.

According to Ben Goessling of ESPN, all of the news so far is good. Zimmer told Goessling that his eye felt “great” on the final day of Vikings’ OTAs on Thursday. And the news gets even better.

Zimmer said his doctor told him he'd be "absolutely shocked if anything else happened in this eye." And while Zimmer will have to drive to Texas for his daughter's wedding later this month while the gas bubble in his eye dissolves, the coach said, "We're just about out of the woods."

According to Goessling, Zimmer’s vision in his right eye is about 20/100 (with corrective lenses), but he’s hoping that as the bubble dissolves that the vision will improve. Apparently now, however, the doctors are just as concerned with Zimmer’s left eye (which, at this point, is the good one), as they say there’s a 1-in-5 chance that Zimmer could have issues with that eye as well. But, that’s a bridge the coach and his doctors will cross if and when they come to it.

Hopefully things will continue to improve for Coach Zimmer and, by the time we get to Training Camp in about six weeks, his issues with his right eye will be a thing of the past.