Mike Zimmer had one request for Vikings fans Thursday night: "Be extra loud."
The coach relayed the request through Vikings radio play-by-play announcer Paul Allen on Thursday afternoon, just hours after the team announced he would miss the Week 13 game against Dallas.
"Please tell the fans to be extra loud for me tonight," the text message to Allen said.
Allen tweeted a photo of the conversation with Zimmer that included Allen's response, "I will. On radio and my tv pregame at 530. They will win for u tonight."
Zimmer had emergency eye surgery Wednesday night, his third procedure on the injured right eye in the past month.
Pending how Zimmer's eye heals, this might be one of the last requests fans hear from their coach until he is healthy and back on the sidelines.