Former Penn State Coach Joe Paterno Breaks Pelvis From Fall

Joe Paterno -Joe Paterno fell at his home and fractured his pelvis for a second time, but will not need surgery, a family source told the Associated Press.

The former Penn State football coach was expected to make a full recovery after slipping Saturday and was admitted to the hospital the next day, the person added. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

He is also undergoing radiation and chemotherapy for a treatable form of lung cancer. A person close to the family said doctors are optimistic about a full recovery from the illness.

Paterno, who turns 85 on Dec. 21, initially hurt his pelvis in August after he was blindsided on the field during preseason practice. It was determined Paterno should remain in the hospital now to facilitate his regimen of cancer treatments while recovering from the pelvis injury, the AP was told.

The person declined to identify the hospital to maintain the family’s privacy. An operator at the hospital in State College, Mount Nittany Medical Center, said Sunday there was no patient listing for Paterno.

Paterno was fired last month in the aftermath of child sex-abuse charges against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who maintains his innocence. Paterno is not a target of the investigation.

Paterno hasn’t spoken publicly since his firing. He was diagnosed with cancer several days later during a follow-up visit to the doctor for a bronchial illness, his family has said.