Justice Stephen Breyer undergoes shoulder surgery after bike accident

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer answers a question during an interview with Agence France-Presse at the Supreme Court in Washington May 17, 2012.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer underwent shoulder surgery Saturday morning in Washington after a bicycle accident on Friday, the court announced.

In a statement, the court's public information office said Breyer "underwent reverse shoulder replacement surgery for a proximal humerus fracture this morning at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital."

"The fracture was sustained in his right shoulder in a fall from his bicycle on Friday afternoon, April 26, near the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C," the statement says. "He was taken by ambulance to the hospital following his injury."

"The surgery was successful and the Justice is resting comfortably," the statement says. "He is expected to be released from the hospital early in the week."

Breyer, 74, was appointed to the high court in 1994 by President Clinton.