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JoePa to return to practice Wednesday

8/9/2011

Good news on the Joe Paterno front as the Penn State coach has been released from the hospital and will return to practice Wednesday.

The 84-year-old Paterno was released late Tuesday morning after undergoing tests on his injured arm and hip/pelvis. Paterno will not need surgery, which is a relief for everyone, especially speedy wide receiver Devon Smith, who ran into the legendary coach during Sunday's practice. Paterno's son and Penn State assistant Jay Paterno told ESPN's Colin Cowherd that Smith was running a corner route when he struck Paterno, who was looking down at his notes while watching the defense.

"It's time for everyone to turn the attention to the team," Paterno said in a statement. "We have a lot of hard work ahead in order to be as good as we think we can be."

A person close to Paterno tells colleague Joe Schad that Paterno will have a golf cart at Wednesday's practice as a precaution. But otherwise, it's full speed ahead for Paterno.

Here's hoping JoePa avoids any further mishaps on the field or on the sideline this fall as he enters his 46th season as Penn State's coach.