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Paterno injured at practice

Associated Press / August 9, 2011

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Joe Paterno was hospitalized and is undergoing tests on his right arm and hip after a Penn State player ran into the 84-year-old coach during practice Sunday.

Paterno was admitted Sunday evening to Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College, Pa., after he walked away from the collision with a receiver, the school announced yesterday. Devon Smith was running a drill when he blindsided the Hall of Fame coach.

“I expect to be back at practice soon,’’ Paterno said in a statement. “I’m doing fine; tell everyone not to worry about me.’’

Dr. Wayne Sebastianelli, Penn State director of athletic medicine, said it doesn’t appear surgery will be required. The school said Paterno could be released today.

Doctors were evaluating his shoulder and pelvis, and there was no firm diagnosis yet on the extent of the injuries.

Paterno conducted yesterday’s coaches meeting by phone from the hospital. Assistant coaches will be running practice while Paterno is gone and it was unclear how long that would be, athletic department spokesman Jeff Nelson said in an e-mail.

Practice resumed yesterday as scheduled, with the team in full pads for the first time this summer.

Paterno, entering his 46th season at Penn State, is the winningest coach in the history of major college football with 401 victories.

Speculation about when and if he will retire is a regular topic around Happy Valley, though Paterno himself generally dismisses the subject.

Paterno’s health has been a frequent issue in recent seasons.

In 2006, he broke his leg in a sideline collision during a game at Wisconsin. A hip injury forced him to spend much of 2008 coaching from a seat near the press box.

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