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NBC's Brian Williams to take leave for surgery

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  • NBC News anchor Brian Williams will be off the air for a few weeks soon for surgery to replace a knee that was damaged in a high-school football game decades ago.

      NBC News anchor Brian Williams will be off the air for a few weeks soon for surgery to replace a knee that was damaged in a high-school football game decades ago.
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NEW YORK -- NBC News anchor Brian Williams will be off the air for a few weeks soon for surgery to replace a knee that was damaged in a high-school football game decades ago.

Williams discussed knee replacement surgery in a story by Dr. Nancy Snyderman on NBC's "Nightly News" on Thursday, saying, "If you don't see me around here for a while, this is the reason why."

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The anchor of television's top-rated evening news show said he's had three previous surgeries on his right knee, but the pain was becoming more of an issue. When it began costing him sleep, Williams said he realized it was time to take care of it. Williams is 54.

Lester Holt will fill in for him. NBC isn't saying when the surgery will be.

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