WESTPORT, Mass. (AP) _ Michael P. Metcalf, publisher of the Providence Journal and Evening Bulletin, remained in critical condition today with severe head injuries suffered in a bicycle accident near his summer home, an official said.

Metcalf, 54, was injured Sunday morning when he apparently fell off of his 10-speed bike on a country road about 1 1/2 miles from his Westport Harbor house. He was discovered lying unconscious alongside River Road at approximately 8 a.m. by another cyclist, police said.

Metcalf was taken to St. Anne's, where he underwent two hours of surgery and was in critical condition this morning, according to a supervisor at St. Anne's Hospital in Fall River.

Officials said there was no damage to Metcalf's bicycle, and it did not appear to have been struck by another vehicle.

Metcalf, who is also chief executive officer and chairman of the board of the Providence Journal Co., was to have appeared later in the day at the opening of the company's new flexographic production plant in Providence.