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Joe Paterno injured during practice session

The 84-year-old Penn State coach suffers injuries to his right arm and hip after colliding with one of his players. He is expects to be back at practice soon.

August 08, 2011|Staff and wire reports
  • Head Coach Joe Paterno watches his team play the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium.
Head Coach Joe Paterno watches his team play the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio… (Jamie Sabau / Getty Images )

Penn State football Coach Joe Paterno sustained injuries to his right arm and hip during a collision with one of his players during Sunday's practice, the university said in a statement Monday.

Paterno walked away from the collision under his own power, the statement said.

Paterno conducted Monday morning's coaches meeting via speakerphone 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 in the statement. "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."

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