NEW YORK – A flip off his bicycle took "Today" show co-host Matt Lauer off the air Monday with a shoulder injury.
Lauer, 51, was riding his bicycle this weekend when a deer jumped into his path. He flipped over the bike's handlebars and was slightly hurt, NBC said.
"Today" show publicist Megan Kopf said Lauer separated his shoulder and was scheduled to have surgery Monday.
"He's doing well, and we hope to have him back on `Today' later this week," Kopf said in an e-mail.
Lauer's broadcast partner, Meredith Vieira, joked on the air that Lauer thinks the deer was hired by the competition.
"Matt's banged up with a displaced shoulder, it popped out," she said. "So hopefully he'll be on the mend soon."
Lester Holt filled in as Vieira's co-host Monday