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Brian Williams Taking Leave Of Absence For Knee Replacement Surgery

“NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams will undergo replacement surgery on his right knee next week and will be off the program for at least a few weeks. His knee problems date back to a high school football injury.

Williams dedicated a segment on “Nightly” tonight to the procedure, bringing on Dr. Nancy Snyderman to explain it. Snyderman reported it can take anywhere from three weeks to three months before those who undergo the procedure can walk somewhat normally, and up to a year for a full recovery.

Lester Holt will fill in for Williams while he is out.

Williams joked about it on “Late Show with David Letterman” a few weeks ago: “I want to come back almost a little TOO early, gooned on medication – I think it’ll be great viewing.” See that after the jump…

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