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Joe Paterno Released From Hospital After Practice Injury

(AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

(AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (WFAN/AP) — Joe Paterno has been released from the hospital, two days after getting blindsided at Penn State practice by a player and injuring his right shoulder and pelvis.

The school said in a statement the 84-year-old coach was looking forward to returning to practice Wednesday.

Penn State confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that no surgery was required for Paterno, and that “precautionary measures” were complete.

Paterno was hospitalized Sunday evening after the collision with receiver Devon Smith. He walked away and stayed for the rest of the practice before being encouraged to get checked out by doctors. Doctors were evaluating Paterno’s right shoulder and pelvis.

The team statement Tuesday did not offer any more details of his injuries. Paterno in the statement said it was time to turn the attention back on the team.

Penn State fans are looking forward to seeing their beloved coach back at practice tomorrow.  Paterno is entering his forty-sixth season as Penn State head coach since he first took over the position in 1966.

The Nittany Lions are looking to improve upon their 2010 record of 7-6.  It was a disappointing season that ended in an unceremonious 37-24 loss to the Florida Gators in the 2011 Outback Bowl.

College football fans, do you anticipate an improved season ahead for the Nittany Lions? Share your thoughts below…

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