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JoePa released, plans to be at Wednesday's practice

Penn State coach Joe Paterno was released late Tuesday morning from Mount Nittany Medical Center after undergoing tests for injuries suffered when a player accidentally ran into him at practice.

JoePa released, plans to be at Wednesday's practice

Penn State coach Joe Paterno was released late Tuesday morning from Mount Nittany Medical Center after undergoing tests for injuries suffered when a player accidentally ran into him during a passing drill at Sunday's practice.

Paterno, 84, went home, worked on Tuesday's practice plans and planned to be at Wednesday's practice, according to the university's sports web site, gopsusports.com.

"Saw Joe at the house this morning. Immediately started on practice, QBs, details & everything else. The man is relentless," the coach's son, quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno, said on Twitter.

Although the web site said no surgery would be required for the injuries suffered by Paterno, there was no official disclosure as to the extent of his injuries. Multiple reports have quoted his injuries as being hairline fractures of his right arm and right hip.

Paterno was blindsided by a player, reported to be wide receiver Devon Smith, running a pass pattern at Holuba Hall, the Nittany Lions' indoor practice facility. The university said he walked off the field under his own power and was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

The web site quoted Paterno Tuesday as saying, "It's time for everyone to turn the attention to the team. We have a lot of hard work ahead in order to be as good as we think we can be."

The Nittany Lions practiced in pads Monday for the first time since the start of pre-season practice. They will open their regular season Sept. 3 against Indiana State at Beaver Stadium.

--Joe Juliano

Joe Juliano Inquirer Staff Writer
About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

Joe Juliano Inquirer Staff Writer
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