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Injured Nevada Sen. Harry Reid Out Indefinitely

Updated, Jan. 7 at 7:15 a.m.

Nevada Democrat Sen. Harry Reid, now the Senate minority leader, did not not attend the opening day session because of injuries he sustained at home in Nevada while exercising on New Year’s Day.

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“Senator Reid is in Washington but on orders from his doctors he will not come into the office so that his injuries can continue to heal. He has been diagnosed with broken bones in his face and three broken ribs, as well as a concussion,” Adam Jentleson, a Reid spokesman said Tuesday in a statement.

Jentleson said incoming Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., will take over Reid’s “duties on the floor until Senator Reid’s doctors allow him to return.”

Reid tweeted a photo of him meeting with his leadership team Tuesday at his home in Washington. He sported a bandage over his blackened right eye.

Despite his injuries, he has been working every day, holding meetings with fellow Senators and staff, Jentleson said. Senator Reid has spoken with President Obama multiple times since his injury and will continue to keep a busy schedule in the coming days, the statement said.

The Associated Press contributed to this story
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(Editor's note: Chris Sieroty no longer works for Nevada Public Radio)