Gates Slips on Ice, Fractures Shoulder

Defense secretary will miss this morning's budget hearing
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2008 10:16 AM CST
In this photo provided by the Department of Defense, U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus, Commanding General Multi National Force Iraq, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Iraqi National Security Advisor...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates slipped on some ice outside his home last night and fractured his shoulder, reports MSNBC. Gates was examined and is now recovering, but the injury means he won't be attending a congressional hearing on the US defense budget this morning. Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England will be there instead.

"Secretary Gates has been examined by a physician and is receiving treatment for this injury and continues to perform all other duties and responsibilities of his position," says a spokesman for the Pentagon.