Whether it's been on the field or off, the Vikings have been dealt a plethora of injuries this season, and now the team will be missing their general as they take on the hottest team in the NFL for Thursday Night Football.

Minnesota Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman released a statement Wednesday night saying that head coach Mike Zimmer would have emergency eye surgery and that his status for coaching Thursday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys is uncertain.

Well now we have our answer: Coach Zimmer, will indeed, miss the game due to his recovery from said eye surgery.

It's been reported that Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer will be the interim head coach against the Cowboys.

Zimmer had surgery to repair a torn retina on his right eye Nov. 1, after he had scratched his eye during the Vikings' loss to the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football Halloween night. Doctors had initially told Zimmer he ran the risk of going blind in the eye if he did not have the first surgery.


It's uncertain when he will return to action after this latest procedure.  

The 60-year-old coach is in his third year in Minnesota, where he's accumulated a 24-19 record but his team has struggled in recent months, with five losses in their last six games.

The Cowboys, on the other-hand, have a 10 game winning streak after losing their first game of the season.

As far as key players who will be missing this crucial Week 13 match-up are punt returner Marcus Sherels (rib), center Joe Berger (concussion), defensive tackle Shariff Floyd (knee).