Zimmer returns to practice Saturday

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was at Winter Park Saturday morning, as expected, after missing Friday’s practice for a “minor procedure.”

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer returned to Winter Park for work on Saturday morning after missing Friday’s practice for what the team termed a “minor procedure” and has been reported as kidney stones.

Zimmer was at work on Friday morning and handed the reins over to offensive coordinator Norv Turner before heading for the hospital. Zimmer missed Friday’s practice for the procedure.

“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 (Saturday) morning.”

That proved to be true. The Vikings leave for Buffalo on Saturday to play the Bills on Sunday, and Zimmer is expected to coach in that game.

Even by Friday afternoon, Turner said Zimmer was “feeling better” after having the procedure.

Linebacker Chad Greenway said Friday’s practice was a lot quieter without Zimmer, and Captain Munnerlyn, who said he was shocked to hear the news on Friday, said the team was told it better be a good practice because Zimmer would be reviewing the film of it.

Turner joked about the situation.

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

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