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UPDATE: Vikings' Zimmer expected to return soon

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Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is expected to rejoin the team soon.

Zimmer missed practice Tuesday to be with his father, Bill, who has been in declining health. Zimmer was expected to return to Minnesota on Wednesday, when the team has a day off from practice. Training camp at Minnesota State University resumes on the field Thursday.

Vikings spokesman Bob Hagan says he has no update on the condition of Zimmer's father.

Vikings center John Sullivan was also absent from practice Tuesday. Sullivan posted on his Instagram account that his wife, Ariel, gave birth to a son, John Harris.


Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer's father is ailing.

Zimmer told reporters Monday that he will miss practice Tuesday because his father is "not doing well." Offensive coordinator Norv Turner will supervise the team in his absence. The Vikings have a scheduled day off from practice Wednesday.

Zimmer's father, Bill, was his high school coach in Lockport Township, Illinois, outside of Chicago. Zimmer has often credited his dad for his 21-year career as a coach in the NFL.

Bill Zimmer, now in his mid-80s, was inducted into the halls of fame for the Illinois high school coaches associations in both football and wrestling.

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