Matt Lauer: Back With a Sling By Friday!

Matt Lauer won’t be anchored for long by his shoulder setback, a weekend biking accident in New York that saw him under the knife yesterday.

Today show reps tell Celebuzz that Lauer enjoyed a “successful” surgery for shoulder separation (after he swerved on his bicycle to avoid hitting a deer), and is expected to return to the show by the end of the week—in a sling! 

“He’s expected to be in a sling for a few weeks,” a spokesperson tells us.

Jim Bell, the executive producer of the NBC news telecast, told Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS FM radio show this morning that Lauer was “a little groggy but shaking it off like the trouper he is.”

And while that sling will certainly give him a heroic look, he’ll have to ask Meredith Viera for some help getting dressed.

“We’re a little worried if he can get a tie on,” Bell said.

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