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Paterno injured during Penn State practice Sunday

Penn State head coach Joe Paterno suffered injuries to his right arm and hip at Sunday's practice, the athletic department announced in a press release on Monday. Paterno was "blindsided by a player running a drill on the practice field" but walked away after the incident, according to the release.

Paterno injured during Penn State practice Sunday

TAMPA, FL - FILE:  Coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions directs play against the Florida Gators January 1, 2011 in the 25th Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  It was reported that Penn State coach Joe Paterno suffered injuries to his right shoulder and hip when receiver Devon Smith, ran into him during practice Sunday, on August 8, 2011.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - FILE: Coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions directs play against the Florida Gators January 1, 2011 in the 25th Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. It was reported that Penn State coach Joe Paterno suffered injuries to his right shoulder and hip when receiver Devon Smith, ran into him during practice Sunday, on August 8, 2011. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) Getty Images

Penn State head coach Joe Paterno suffered injuries to his right arm and hip at Sunday’s practice, the athletic department announced in a press release on Monday. Paterno was “blindsided by a player running a drill on the practice field” but walked away after the incident, according to the release.

 Tests are being conducted at Mount Nittany Medical Center to determine the extent of the injuries, the release said, but it does not look like surgery will be required, according to Penn State Director of Athletic Medicine Wayne Sebastianelli.

 "I expect to be back at practice soon. I'm doing fine; tell everyone not to worry about me," Paterno said in the release. "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."

 The 84-year-old coach still conducted Monday morning’s coaches meeting via speaker phone from the hospital. Paterno was scheduled to speak to the media Thursday afternoon as part of the team’s media day, which the release said will now be rescheduled.

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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.

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