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Penn St. assistant says Paterno expected back this weekend

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State coach Joe Paterno is expected to return to practice on Tuesday and be at Beaver Stadium for this weekend’s regular-season finale, defensive coordinator Tom Bradley said.

Paterno sat out last week’s game against Temple to concentrate on his recovery from left leg surgery. It was the first game he had missed since 1977.

“We’re anticipating that he will be at the game on Saturday,” Bradley said Tuesday at a news conference.

A team doctor has said that he would let Paterno return to coach on game days so long as it’s from the press box and that his recovery is progressing well.

Bradley said he expected the 79-year-old coach to return to the football complex on Tuesday as the team gets ready to play Michigan State this weekend.

Paterno had leg surgery last week to repair a broken shinbone and two torn knee ligaments in his left leg, injuries sustained after a sideline collision on Nov. 4 at Wisconsin.

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