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Another dire Sidney Crosby recovery report, another denial by his agent, and why everyone should relax

Aug 22, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

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Another week, another report on how Sidney Crosby‘s recovery from a January concussion is being hampered and will cause him to miss the start of the season.

Last week we had a report coming from XM Radio’s Josh Rimer saying that Crosby would miss the start of the season as he’s suffering setbacks in recovering from a concussion. Penguins GM Ray Shero quickly denied that report saying that everything is progressing as they wanted for Crosby. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma hasn’t even asked Crosby for updates on how he’s doing as part of the treatment for concussions is to keep the stress level down. Having the coach getting in Crosby’s ear would be putting undue pressure on Crosby to rush back to the ice and put himself in danger.

Today, it’s CTV Atlantic out of Halifax, Nova Scotia (Crosby’s home area) reporting essentially the same thing Rimer did last week saying that Crosby is dealing with setbacks in his concussion recovery and will miss the start of the season as he tries to get back to 100% health.

Sources say Crosby’s concussion symptoms returned last week and he cancelled all of his scheduled on-ice workouts at a Halifax-area rink.

Penguins players are expected to appear at training camp in mid-September and it appears Crosby will not be one of them.

As we saw last week, these stories can start a wildfire of speculation and this time it is Crosby’s agent, Pat Brisson, who is sounding the call to refute the latest report and give his own update on what’s going on with Sid The Kid.

Crosby’s agent Pat Brisson says the center “hasn’t been shut down by anyone” and instead has adjusted his summer program to address the different needs for his recovery.

We could try to read between the lines on what it means that Crosby’s program has been “adjusted” and assume that means Crosby is still dealing with issues, but that kind of assumption is what causes everyone to get bent out of shape. While we’re all anxious and curious about what’s going on with Crosby as we haven’t seen him suited up with the Penguins since early January, this is the sort of situation where we’re just going to have to be happy with whatever news we do get and hope that it’s for the best.

With the new season approaching and Crosby being, perhaps, the best player in the game asking for patience is the hardest thing to do from fans and appreciators alike. In the past when concussions weren’t as apparent and easy to diagnose as they are now, post-concussion symptoms like headaches and dizziness would be played through and leave those players to be more susceptible to further injury and shortening their careers. The last thing anyone wants to see is to have Sidney Crosby deal with the issues that Eric Lindros had in seeing his career ended unceremoniously too soon.

Now that the Penguins and NHL are being more active in treating and diagnosing these problems, waiting for Crosby to be as well as he can be is the right thing, but also the most difficult thing to do. Until there’s anything more definitive from the Penguins, Crosby’s doctors, or from Sid himself we’re going to be left waiting to see when (or if) Crosby can come back to the ice.

  1. stakex - Aug 23, 2011 at 1:14 AM

    How about this…. just wait for training camp to start. If Crosby isn’t there, we know these reports were correct and that Crosby’s agent was being less then forth coming. Otherwise, all the stories about him still having problems were BS.

    Side Note: Even if Crosby has been forced to stop skating… that doesn’t mean hes been “shut down”. He could still be allowed to work out in other ways. So his agent saying he hasn’t been shut down might not be a lie, even if Crosby has in fact been forced off the ice. Again, wait till camp starts and then we’ll know.

  2. miketoasty - Aug 23, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Being a Penguins fan since the day I was born, I just want to say that as much as I miss Crosby, if the reports are true I hope he does the best thing for his health. Hell, this guy has already won every major award in the hockey world, he has nothing left to prove. As much as the hockey world would miss him I just don’t want to see him turn into another Lindros, he has so many years ahead of him (I mean he is only 25).

    Crosby get better, and if you can play without dangering your health then by all means, play, but if playing means that you may be decreasing the time you have left on this planet, call it quits.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 23, 2011 at 11:05 AM

      You don’t know how the player will turn out after his first concussion. Us Flyers didn’t think concussions would derail Big E’s career but it did. Time will tell with Crosby but his age as nothing to do with how well he will handle concussions in the future. His body didn’t respond well to his first concussion and leaves no guarantee about his recovery. It’s a scary thing.

      • miketoasty - Aug 23, 2011 at 1:27 PM

        I never said anything about how he reacts to concussions, I don’t think you read past the fact that I am a Pens fan. I was just saying that I hope he does whats best for his health, and that he has nothing else he needs to prove in the hockey world.

  3. jpelle82 - Aug 23, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    he should’ve been put on the shelf after the steckel hit. if you watch the pens on a regular basis, it was obvious in the next game that something was off with crosby. the hedman hit was the second concussion in a row and thats far more serious because of the close proximity of the two. if he needs another season then thats what he should do for sure.

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