[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/22/art.getty.gates.troops.jpg caption="Secretary of Defense Robert Gates informed the press he will be having surgery on Friday because of “tractor-related” accident."](CNN) - In a somewhat sheepish statement at the open of his first press conference as Secretary of Defense for President Obama, Secretary Robert Gates informed the press he will be having surgery on Friday because of “tractor-related” accident.
Gates tore his bicep tendon while trying to attach his snow plow blade to his tractor.
Since he will be having surgery, and because the nominated deputy William Lynn has not been confirmed, outgoing Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England will be the acting Defense Secretary on Friday while Gates has surgery.
Earlier in his tenure, Gates wore a sling for some time after hurting his arm slipping on ice.