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Vikings’ Zimmer has eye surgery

On November 30, 2016 at 10:16 pm EST

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to the Minnesota Vikings, head coach Mike Zimmer is having emergency eye surgery on Wednesday night. It’s not clear at this time if he’ll coach against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night.

“I have met with the coaches and players and we have a contingency plan in place if Mike is unable to coach against Dallas,” Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said.

Mike Zimmer (Getty Images)

Mike Zimmer (Getty Images)

Spielman will give an update on Zimmer’s condition at 11 am EST on a conference call.

Zimmer has been the Vikings head coach since the 2014 season. They’re 6-5 this season and are facing the 10-1 Cowboys on Thursday Night Football on NBC.

The Vikings won five straight games to begin their season. Then after their bye week, they have won just one game — which came on Nov. 20 against the Arizona Cardinals.

They’re 1-5 in their past six games. If Zimmer can’t coach, Pat Shurmur may be named interim head coach.

Shurmur was the interim head coach for the Philadelphia Eagles to end last season and guided the team to a win over the New York Giants. After Chip Kelly was fired, he took over.

The 51-year-old was the Cleveland Browns head coach in 2011 and 2012. He has a 10-23 record as a National Football League head coach.

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