Long: Petrino Recovering

Bobby Petrino wants to return to spring drills at "earliest opportunity," according to Jeff Long. The Arkansas coach sustained broken ribs in a motorcycle accident Sunday night.

Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long isn't sure when head football coach Bobby Petrino will be out of the hospital after a motorcycle wreck, but he said it will be at the "earliest opportunity" after a talk late Monday afternoon at Washington Regional Hospital.

Petrino was injured Sunday afternoon on a motorcycle wreck near Crosses, east of Elkins. Petrino was the only passenger on his bike. No other vehicles were involved. Petrino has two broken ribs, bruises, cuts and a sore neck.

"Late this afternoon I had an opportunity to visit with Coach Petrino and Becky at the hospital," Long said in a statement released Monday evening after going to see the coach and his wife at the Fayetteville hospital.

"Coach Petrino is resting comfortably and is encouraged by the progress of his recovery. I know that he is very much looking forward to returning to spring practice at the earliest opportunity. In the course of our visit, the Petrinos expressed their appreciation for all the thoughts and well wishes that have come in from all over the country.

"I am confident that everyone in the Razorback Nation is united in wishing Coach Petrino a speedy recovery."

Petrino has four motorcycles, including a Harley Davidson special edition bike referred to as the Harley Hawg that the Petrinos bought at a charity event soon after becoming the Arkansas coach four years ago.

The school released a statement from the Petrino family at 9:46 a.m. Monday concerning the accident. It said, "Coach Petrino was involved in a motorcycle accident on Sunday evening that involved no other individuals. He is in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery. Our family appreciates respect for our privacy during the recovery and we are grateful for the thoughts of Razorback fans at this time."

The Arkansas football team has three more weeks of spring drills. The Razorbacks practiced twice before spring break, then three times last week. The first scrimmage was Friday afternoon. The team is scheduled to return to the field on Tuesday. There had been one report that Petrino planned to return to work by Tuesday, but doctors advised that he needed more recovery time.

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