Mike Zimmer taking a break from Vikings after 8th eye surgery

An eighth eye surgery is forcing Mike Zimmer to take a break.
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After undergoing eye surgery for the eighth time, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is taking a break from coaching.

"As the Vikings begin OTA practices, Coach Zimmer will be taking time away from the team to dedicate to recovering from eye surgery and restoring his health," Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said in a statement. "We all agree Mike’s health is the priority and we believe rest and recovery are in his best interest for the long term. We anticipate Mike back on the field in a few weeks."

Zimmer told KFAN Monday morning that his doctors advised him to take a couple of weeks to recuperate from his latest surgery.

His eighth surgery took place last week when doctors removed an oil bubble from his right eye and replaced it with a gas bubble, according to ESPN.

All eight of Zimmer's eye procedures have happened in the last seven months.

Zimmer missed Minnesota's Thursday Night Football game against the Dallas Cowboys after undergoing emergency surgery to repair a detached retina.

The Vikings report to Winter Park for their first set of organized team activities Tuesday-Thursday this week.

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