Tony Sparano

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer out vs. Cowboys after eye surgery

For the first time in his 23-year NFL coaching career, Mike Zimmer wasn't at the stadium with his team.

When the Minnesota Vikings hosted Dallas on Thursday night, Zimmer was at home resting after emergency surgery to repair a detached retina while special teams coordinator Mike Priefer took over as the interim head coach.

Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur (Cleveland, 2011-12) and offensive line coach Tony Sparano (Miami, 2008-11) each have prior experience as an NFL head coach, but they remained in their roles to minimize the disruption. Zimmer is the play-caller for the defense, considered one of the savviest in the league, and that duty fell to defensive coordinator...

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