UPDATED 5:14 p.m. ET: As expected, Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino was released from the hospital Tuesday afternoon, two days after being injured in a motorcycle accident several miles outside of Fayetteville.
The coach confirmed at a press conference today that he was not wearing a helmet when he went off the road, even as he said he had a choice of two helmets before deciding to go with a baseball cap. Petrino said his injuries included four broken ribs and a cracked C-4 vertebra; he is expected to be in a neck brace for a week or two.
A car that happened by the scene of his accident stopped and transported the him to the hospital, Petrino said. Petrino stressed that there was no alcohol involved.
Below is a picture of Petrino at his press conference this afternoon, courtesy of ArkansasSports360.com, which confirms what the coach relayed to the media, that he’s “very fortunate” and “very lucky to be here“:
Two days after suffering multiple non-life-threatening injuries in a motorcycle accident, Bobby Petrino is headed home. And, it appears, back to the practice field as well.
Arkansas issued a statement early Tuesday afternoon confirming that the Razorbacks head coach will be released from the hospital at some point this afternoon. Additionally, Petrino has been cleared to return to practice, albeit with a vantage point that will be limited to the press box for the time being.
Petrino is scheduled to meet with the media at 3:35 local time today, prior to the start of practice.
“Coach Petrino has continued to improve and is scheduled to be released from the hospital later today (Tuesday),” athletic director Jeff Long said in a statement. “Doctors have cleared Coach Petrino to attend practice on Tuesday and observe from the press box. His physicians will continue to monitor his progress throughout his recovery. We look forward to Coach Petrino’s continued improvement and full resumption of his duties as head football coach.
“I want to thank all of those who have kept Coach Petrino and his family in their thoughts and expressed their well wishes for the entire Razorback program.”
The 51-year-old coach reportedly sustained injuries that included multiple broken ribs, cuts and bruises and a sprained neck in the accident Sunday evening. He was also reportedly not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
Petrino will be entering his fifth season as the Razorbacks’ head coach in 2012, and is coming off back-to-back 10-win-plus seasons.