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Bobby Petrino Injured but Otherwise OK After Motorcycle Accident

This morning we got some scary news that Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino was injured in a motorcycle accident. The Arkansas State Police issued a statement on the crash:

Arkansas State Police was notified of a single vehicle motor vehicle crash along Highway 16 in Madison County near the Crosses community about 6:45 last night (Sunday). The crash involved a motorcycle that had left the roadway. Coach Petrino was the operator of the motorcycle. He was transported to a Washington County medical facility.

Details have been dribbling out since, but fortunately, it sounds like the coach is banged up but not in a life-threatening way.

According to a source who talked to Thomas Murphy of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Petrino has multiple broken ribs, "all kinds of cuts and bruises", and a neck sprain. ESPN's Joe Schad has a source saying that Petrino wants to return to practice as soon as possible, but it could take some time for him to fully recover. Given the reported extent of the injuries, I can't imagine him getting back to practice this week. A terse statement from the university and Petrino's family merely says that the coach "is in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery."

Arkansas is currently in the middle of spring practices, but its Red vs. White spring game is not until April 21. It would be an encouraging sign if he could be back out by then.