Zimmer admits he should've taken eye injury more seriously

DETROIT MI- NOVEMBER 24 Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is seen on the sideline during game action between the Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day

The Vikings announced on Twitter that the coach has been cleared to return following a hiatus due to another eye surgery.

"Sunday afternoon, the doctor met me at his office and checked the eyes", Zimmer said as he opened his press conference.

"Right now it's probably the best reports I've had since all this stuff started", Zimmer said. Zimmer is actually back to work ahead of schedule, as the team said in its original statement it expected him to return "in a few weeks".

"It is hard to tell if it is 20/20 or 20/800 because you cannot really tell any of that, but I can see decent", Zimmer said. "That is always hard when you got offense going against defense and things like that, but they worked together very well".

Zimmer was named coach of the Vikings in 2014 after serving as defensive coordinator of the Bengals since 2008.

"We [knew] he [was] watching", receiver Adam Thielen said.

It only took eight operations and exile for Zimmer to realize, at least publicly, that or trying to will away a serious eye injury while working 25 hours a day was reckless. He remains optimistic that after so many complications and setbacks, he may finally be on the verge of a resolution.

But following his latest operation to fix a detached retina, and a two-week team-mandated absence, Zimmer is more optimistic than ever that his eye troubles are behind him. With that in mind, Zimmer's now got doctors orders to "be smart" about his condition while he patrols the sidelines. "When he is here, practice is a little different". "But at the same time we are glad he is back because this team is not the same without him, and he's our leader". They listend to all the direction that I gave them each day.