Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer Feeling Good After Latest Eye Checkup

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is feeling good these days, and that’s great news not only for him but for the team also.

Zimmer said that the retina in his right eye that has required eight surgeries is “perfect.” He met with his eye doctor on Wednesday for another checkup and got a good bill of health.

The coach says his doctor told him he “would be absolutely shocked” if Zimmer experienced a recurrence of the problems in his right eye.

Zimmer was ordered to take a two-week break from the team earlier this month to help his eye recover.

For now, he will take a vacation before getting set to be back with the team in a few weeks for the official start of training camp for the Vikings.

Bridgewater Has a Long Road Back Still; But Tuesday Was a Step in the Right Direction

It’s been a long and hard road for young Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, and while there has been no indication on if he really will be ready for 2017, the latest of him taking the field is really a great sign in the right direction for the quarterback.

When Bridgewater went down last season with one the ugliest injuries in NFL history, a career-threatening knee injury, it was thought by many that it would be a long shot just to see him take a snap under center again.

You would have better luck winning at than Bridgewater being able to take a snap, drop back, and throw the ball like he use to in the past with the Vikings.

So maybe it was in a number of ways a minor miracle on Tuesday when Bridgewater joined his teammates on the field at Winter Park on for the start of organized team activities and tossed passes as the next part of his rehab process.

The Vikings quarterback did not technically practice with his teammates other than throwing in at least one passing drill, but it was the first time that he was on the field for an organized practice since injuring his left knee on that very same practice field last August.

When it happened, the sight of even seeing Bridgewater in a Vikings uniform throwing passes was something that brought tears of joy to many Vikings fans eyes.

The reports of what Bridgewater was doing on Tuesday (the practice was closed to the media) stated that he dropped back to throw at least three passes.

The Vikings put out video featuring a few slow-motion highlights set to dramatic music of their young quarterback making it on the field and throwing a pass.

On one of those plays, he pivoted to his right before throwing, presumably to one of his receivers, though video was inconclusive.

In addition to his purple Vikings helmet, a standard red noncontact practice jersey and his signature cutoff hooded sweatshirt under that, Bridgewater sported a bulky black brace on his left knee that appeared to stretch halfway down his lower left leg.

You would have to think as Bridgewater continues to make strides long term on coming back that they are going to do whatever they can do to make sure they protect that leg, as there’s no way that the leg is 100 percent as of yet.

Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune reported on the video that the Vikings sent out, stating that while it’s great to get excited in seeing the quarterback on the field, you have to be careful in getting to not get your hopes up about him suddenly in September being the guy under center for Minnesota.

The Vikings have avoided placing a timetable on Bridgewater’s return. His injury was too extensive to fit normal protocol. Knowing that General Manager Rick Spielman never has been one to share sensitive team matters, the video felt oddly uncharacteristic, almost as if the team was trying to send a message.

Doesn’t take much to stir up NFL conspiracy theories.

Spielman clarified the video’s intent the following day, saying Bridgewater remains “very limited.” But those brief images served to remind that Bridgewater is hellbent on defying odds and that the organization’s future at quarterback remains fluid when viewed beyond the immediacy of the moment.

The report about Spielman stating that the young Vikings thrower is exactly right, he’s not close to ready, he is (as the report said) ‘very limited,’ but based on last season and the ugly sight of him being taken off the field after getting hurt, Vikings fans will gladly take it.

Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer Hoping His Eye Issues are in the Past

We’ve already seen around the NFL one coach this past offseason retire due to reported health issues, that being Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak, who left the team after the 2016 season and has been replaced by Vance Joseph.

The Minnesota Vikings could be in a similar situation at some point in the near future with their head coach, Mike Zimmer, who has sadly had issue after issue with his right eye dating back to last season when he had have surgery on his eye.

The situation with Zimmer has reached a somewhat critical point, having had now a reported eight surgeries on the eye. If you want to Play Real Money Casino on a situation like that, it’s a safe bet that Zimmer’s eye issue needs to get fully corrected in order for the Vikings to avoid distractions to make a run this season.

There is a silver lining recently regarding Zimmer, that being that he’s stated that no matter what he is going to try to continue coaching through the numerous issues with his eye.

“I’ll be back shortly,” Zimmer told reporters, per Jon Krawczynski of the AP. “One eye or two, it doesn’t matter. I’ll be back. We can put that retiring thing to bed quickly.

“I don’t want to go blind in this eye. If that’s what it is, that’s what it is. This will not keep me from coaching.”

Conor Orr of stated Sunday that Zimmer will be back in Minnesota next weekend, and hopes to start coaching soon after, which is a huge positive for the Vikings as they get set to challenge in 2017.

Zimmer chatted with the assembled press on Friday , and stated that he has a doctor’s appointment on June 5th, and it’s at that appointment where he hopes to receive a clean bill of health, per the Star Tribune.

Zimmer did recently have the eighth surgery on his damaged right eye, which began troubling him in late October and forced him to miss a game in early December. The coach is currently on a brief leave of absence from the club.

It was last week that ESPN reporter Ben Goessling stated that the latest surgery featured doctors removing an “oil bubble” from the damaged eye to replace it with a “gas bubble.”

It’s part of an ongoing effort to stabilize his eyesight after suffering a detached retina last year, which is when he had the surgery that forced him to miss a game in December.

The Vikings have plenty of questions about this season, and having the stability of Zimmer in control is going to be a key for them to make a push at the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions in the NFC North.

With the quarterback position in question with the ongoing health issues of Teddy Bridgewater, and also the team looking to re-establish the running back spot with now one their great running backs in Adrian Peterson in New Orleans, it would sure be nice for Zimmer to have a fully clean bill of health and be back on the sidelines for the entire 2017 season.

Zimmer is 26-22 in three seasons as head coach of the Vikings, and last season the team was 8-8, despite not having their starting quarterback for the entire season, and having to go out Sam Bradford before the start of the season from the Philadelphia Eagles.

There is no doubt the Vikings are a better team with him than without him, and the coach can have a clean bill of health and not have to worry about that eye for the entire season, it will be a huge boost to the players, coaching staff and entire organization as well as for Zimmer to not have to worry about having to leave the team like he did in 2016.

What Can Adams and Odenigbo Bring to the Party at the Vikings?

The planning phase of the Minnesota Vikings’ draft has been completed and now the execution stage is well underway. Fifth round pick Rodney Adams and seventh round selection Ifeadi Odenigbo have signed on the dotted line, with the next batch of players set to follow in the next few days.

The most pleasing aspect of the signings is that both were so keen to push their moves through despite the ongoing controversy over the language used in their contracts.

The NFL Players’ Association had actually advised the pair not to sign until the contracts had been rewritten. They are said to contain wording that violates the NFLPA’s collective bargaining agreement, although the Vikings are well documented on record as saying they aren’t breaking any rules and that the terms of the contract are no different from previous versions.

So, Adams and Odenigbo are on board and ready to slip into the purple jersey after hooking up with their fellow draft picks at boot camp. But what will they offer the team during the forthcoming campaign?

Adams Earns His Keep

Trousering a payday equating to $2.6 million over four years, Rodney Adams joins the Vikings on the back of a highly regarded collegiate career.

The receiver has left behind a glittering career in South Florida with 16 touchdown receptions and 1,967 receiving yards to his credit. The secret to such offensive dominance is his incredible speed; Adams ran a 40-yard dash in just 4.44 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine of 2017.

But it was that fine senior year that caught the eye of the Vikings’ scouts. His season with the Bulls was momentous; he set a new schools record with 67 receptions and tied his own mark of 822 receiving yards. Those five touchdown catches were the mere icing on the cake.

Intriguingly, Adams also gained notoriety in Florida as a kick returner, where he accumulated 1,140 yards from just 46 attempts – including a 97-yard sprint to the line from a kick-off.

The Vikings have a habit of unearthing outstanding wide receivers in the fifth round of the draft – it was at this stage in 2015 that Stefon Diggs was picked after all, and Adams will be looking to emulate the feats of his college counterpart in 2017.

Sack Attack

Many pundits argued that the Vikings needed a bit more steel in their defensive line, and so the addition of Odenigbo will certainly help on that front.

The 6ft 3in behemoth is something of a smash-raid specialist, as confirmed by his college stats. As part of the Northwestern team last season he led the Big Ten in sackings with ten to his name, and finished his school days with 23.5 sacks – the second most in history.

Allied to his power is exceptional pace off the mark (a 40 time of 4.72 seconds confirms that), and this combination has earned Odenigbo the tag as something of a pass-rushing specialist. He regularly made quarterbacks his bunnies in the collegiate system, and he will be hoping to make a similar impact on the NFL in the years to come.

Both Adams and Odenigbo are expected to be placed in developmental for the months ahead, although the general mood around the Vikings camp is that both can expect to enjoy some major game-time in the campaign ahead.

Vikings Ink Former Bears DT Will Sutton; Waive DT Toby Johnson

The Vikings signed defensive tackle Will Sutton, who played the past three seasons with Chicago before being waived last week, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

To make room on the roster, the Vikings waived defensive tackle Toby Johnson.

The 6-foot-1, 290-pound Sutton, who likely will play nose tackle, was taken by the Bears in the third round of the 2014 draft. He played in 36 games for them, with 18 starts, and had 60 tackles.

Johnson spent last season on Minnesota’s practice squad before being signed to the 53-man roster and playing in the final two games of the year, his first two career games. Johnson was undrafted in 2015.

Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer Says He’s Undergone Seven Eye Surgeries Since November

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer revealed Friday he has now undergone a total of seven surgeries on his right eye after requiring additional procedures this spring, the most recent April 25, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

That operation came eight days after Zimmer said he was scheduled April 17 to have an oil bubble, which held his repaired retina in place, removed. Zimmer has also said he’ll need cataract surgery next month, when he turns 61 years old. It will be his eighth operation since Nov. 1.

Zimmer originally scratched his eye during the Oct. 31 game in Chicago last season. The issue persisted and eventually led to a torn retina.

When does he expect to have restored vision in his right eye?

“I hope now,” Zimmer said, under sunglasses. “But I don’t think it’s going to happen. Who knows?”

Vikings Closing In on Deal for Former Cardinals, Patriots WR Michael Floyd

The Vikings are looking to add to their wide out core, and ESPN is reporting that the team is going to bring in a player with an interesting past, that being former Cardinals and Pats wide out Michael Floyd.

Adam Schefter says Minnesota should have a deal done by the end of the weekend with Floyd.

Floyd, 27, is currently serving a sentence for a DUI conviction in Arizona. But once his sentence is complete, he is expected to sign with a team. He is from Minnesota, and the Vikings are a consideration.

The New England Patriots claimed Floyd on waivers from the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 15 after the Cardinals had waived him a day earlier, two days after his arrest. Floyd later pleaded guilty to one charge of second-offense extreme DUI (blood alcohol content of .150-.199). He had been found asleep behind the wheel of his Cadillac Escalade at a traffic light.

On Feb. 16, Floyd began serving a 120-day jail sentence; since March 13, he has served the sentence as a home detention. Floyd is not allowed to leave Arizona during his home detention until a motion is filed, according to the Scottsdale City Court.

If he is not signed by the Cardinals, the earliest Floyd will be able to report to his new team would be June 17, by which time most if not all teams will have concluded their offseason workouts.

Vikings Exercise Fifth-Year Option on LB Anthony Barr

The Vikings on Monday exercised the fifth-year contract option on linebacker Anthony Barr, Chris Tomasson of the St.Paul Pioneer-Press reports.

Barr’s option for 2018 will be worth $12.306 million. He has made the Pro Bowl the past two seasons, although he did have his ups and downs in 2016.

Barr, selected with the No. 9 pick in 2014, will make a base salary of $1.897 million in 2017.

Vikings Tell QB Teddy Bridgewater They Won’t Exercise His 5th Year Option

The Vikings informed quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on Monday they’re declining the fifth-year option on his rookie contract, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports.

But it’s not a sign of any new revelations about Bridgewater’s injured knee or setbacks in his rehab.

Bridgewater continues to make progress and is participating in voluntary conditioning work with teammates, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

Picking up the option wasn’t a realistic possibility at all, though, since that would have guaranteed for injury an eight-figure salary in 2018 at a time Bridgewater is still not healthy, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Also Monday, the Vikings exercised the fifth-year option on linebacker Anthony Barr’s contract.

A Rundown of All the Minnesota Vikings 2017 NFL Draft Picks

Sports Illustrated has a complete rundown of all of the Vikings 2017 Draft Picks and some commentary as well.

Round 2, Pick 9 (No. 41 overall)

Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State: Both Cook and Joe Mixon were still sitting on the board at 41, so the Vikings made a move up to address their RB situation (48 and 128 to Cincinnati). Cook isn’t a “clean” prospect, necessarily, but he was our top-ranked back. He’s a dynamic playmaker that will bolster that offense.? GRADE: A

Round 3, Pick 6 (No. 70)

Pat Elflein, C, Ohio State: A doozy of a find in Round 3, and well worth trading up from No. 79 to get him. Elflein was the best center in this draft—he can be Minnesota’s man in the middle for years to come, assuming he wins that job out of camp. If he doesn’t, he can start at guard.? GRADE: A

Round 4, Pick 2 (No. 109) Jaleel Johnson, DT, Iowa

Round 4, Pick 14 (No. 120): Ben Gedeon, LB, University of Michigan

Round 5, Pick 27 (No. 170) Rodney Adams, WR, USF

Round 5, Pick 37 (No. 180) Danny Isidora, G, Miami

Round 6, Pick 17 (No. 201) Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech

Round 7, Pick 1 (No. 219) Stacy Coley, WR, Miami

Round 7, Pick 2 (No. 220) Ifeadi Odenigbo, DL, Northwestern

Round 7, Pick 2 (No. 232) Elijah Lee, LB, Kansas State

Round 7, Pick 27 (No. 245) Jack Tocho, CB, N.C. State