Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is having emergency eye surgery Wednesday night, putting his status for their Thursday night game against the Dallas Cowboys in doubt, the Vikings said in a statement issued Wednesday night.
General manager Rick Spielman called Zimmer’s status for the game “uncertain.”
“I have met with the coaches and players and we have a contingency plan in place if Mike is unable to coach against Dallas,” Spielman said in the statement.
Zimmer had eye surgery four weeks ago to repair a torn retina in his right eye, but returned after the surgery to watch film for the Vikings’ next game. He said doctors told him then that there was a possibility he could go blind in the eye if he didn’t have surgery then. A week later, he had another procedure and later said he had a total of six needles in his eye over the two surgeries.
The Vikings will discuss the situation in a conference call with reporters on Thursday morning.