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Paterno injured at practice

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Hall of Fame coach expects to return to practice soon

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., August 8, 2011 – Penn State football coach Joe Paterno sustained injuries to his right arm and hip during Sunday’s practice. The Hall of Fame coach was injured when he was blindsided by a player running a drill on the practice field. Paterno walked away after the collision.

Paterno conducted Monday morning’s coaches meeting via speaker phone from Mount Nittany Medical Center, where tests are being conducted to determine the extent of the injuries.  

It does not appear that surgery will be required, according to Dr. Wayne Sebastianelli, Penn State Director of Athletic Medicine.

"I expect to be back at practice soon. I’m doing fine; tell everyone not to worry about me," Paterno said. “I like the effort I have seen from the squad during our first few practices, but we have a long way to go to get ready for the schedule we have.”

Penn State Football Media Day will be re-scheduled.

The Nittany Lions open their 125th season Sept. 3 vs. Indiana State in Beaver Stadium and then host No. 2 Alabama on Sept. 10, as the Crimson Tide visit Happy Valley for the first time since 1989. All Penn State fans are encouraged to wear white to the 3:30 p.m. clash with Alabama.

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