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Joe Paterno plans return for opener

Updated: August 17, 2011, 2:39 AM ET
Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Joe Paterno says he's in a little pain after a blindside hit in practice sent him to the hospital, though Penn State's 84-year-old leader expects to coach from the sideline for the season opener.

The Hall of Fame coach spoke from a golf cart before practice Tuesday, a week after being released from the hospital following the hit Aug. 7 from receiver Devon Smith. Paterno hurt his right shoulder and pelvis, though he said Tuesday he did not suffer any fractures.

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