Zimmer has ‘minor procedure,’ misses practice

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer missed Friday’s practice to have a “minor procedure,” according to team officials. Plus, get the early injury update.

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer had a “minor procedure” Friday morning, according to team officials, and wasn’t at Friday’s practice.

Zimmer is expected to return for Saturday’s practice before the team leaves for Buffalo and he is expected to coach in Sunday’s game against the Bills.

The team didn’t announce the specific nature of why Zimmer went to the hospital, but offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who took over Zimmer’s duties on Friday, said Zimmer was “feeling better” after the procedure.

Zimmer was at the Vikings’ Winter Park practice facility on Friday morning to tell Turner what needed to be done before leaving for the hospital.

“He was uncomfortable and he wasn’t feeling real good. Obviously that’s where that’s at,” Turner said after Friday’s practice. “I just talked to (head athletic trainer Eric) Sugarman and (Zimmer) is doing great. He’ll be ready to go in the morning.”

Turner said Zimmer was “feeling a lot better” after the procedure and, when pressed on what was wrong, Turner said: “Right now, nothing, because he’s gone through the procedure.”

The players were informed of Zimmer’s status in team meetings before their practice, and Turner’s son, Adam Zimmer, the linebackers coach, attended practice.

“I told them six weeks with them and look what they’re doing to the guy,” Turner joked, “so let’s go play better and win, right?”


  • LB Chad Greenway (ribs/hand) practiced fully for the third straight day and was listed as questionable but didn’t elaborate much on his ability to play Sunday.

    Greenway hasn’t played since Week 3 because of the ribs.

    “I can’t say I’ve taken a direct shot (on the ribs). Obviously you’re trying to avoid that,” he said of his practices this week. “The same thing, I’ve played the game for a long time and never really took a direct shot in the ribs. … You just got to go out there. The biggest thing is just mentally knowing you’re going to go out there and play the way you need to play. That’s really the biggest deal.”

  • DT Sharrif Floyd (ankle/elbow) returned to practice on a limited basis Friday after missing Thursday’s practice. He was limited on Wednesday, too, which was a full-pads practice. He is listed as questionable.
  • LB Gerald Hodges(hamstring) and DE Corey Wootton (lower back) were declared out for Sunday’s game. Neither practiced all week. With Hodges out and Greenway questionable, LB Audie Cole would likely be the next man in line at weakside linebacker.

  • CB Jabari Price (hamstring), DT Linval Joseph (ankle), WR Cordarrelle Patterson (hip), TE Chase Ford (foot), S Harrison Smith (ankle) and LB Michael Mauti (illness) are all probable against the Bills and practice fully on Friday.

  • The Bills ruled out WR Marcus Easley (knee), WR Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) and LB Ty Powell (ankle). None of them practiced on Friday.

  • LB Brandon Spikes (ribs), S Aaron Williams (wrist/neck), DT Kyle Williams (knee), S Da’Norris Searcy (knee) and LS Garrison Sanborn (knee) are all probable for the Bills. Garrison practiced fully on Friday, but the other four listed as probable were all limited.

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