Penn State head coach Joe Paterno hospitalized
Penn State head coach Joe Paterno remains hospitalized after injuring his right shoulder and hip when a receiver collided with him during practice Sunday.
The longtime leader of the Nittany Lions was not expected to undergo surgery and will likely be released by Tuesday afternoon, according to a team spokesman.
ICONJoe Paterno remains hospitalized after being injured at practice.
The 84-year-old Paterno was taking notes at practice when 5-7, 157-pound junior receiver Devon Smith ran into him. He walked off the field at the conclusion of practice but physicians insisted that he be examined further.
Paterno conducted a coaches' meeting via telephone Monday morning from Mount Nittany Medical Center and doesn’t expect to miss a beat as the team prepares for the 2011 season.
"I expect to be back at practice soon,” Paterno said in a prepared statement. “I'm doing fine. Tell everyone not to worry about me.
"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."
This wasn’t the first time Paterno was injured in a collision.
Paterno broke his leg and suffered a damaged knee ligament in 2006 when a player ran into him during a game against Wisconsin. He also suffered a hip injury in preseason practice in 2008 and underwent hip-replacement surgery after that season.
At Big Ten Media Days, Paterno said that his health was strong as he began his 46th season as the Nittany Lions' head coach.
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