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Crosby on sitting out: “I just want to be smart with this”

Dec 8, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

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Sidney Crosby spoke with pittsburghpenguins.com today, addressing the headache he suffered after Wednesday’s practice and why he’s sitting out tonight’s game against Philadelphia and Saturday’s tilt against the New York Islanders.

“I just want to be smart with this,” Crosby said. “It’s been a long road back and we want to err on the side of caution.

“I’ve taken some good hits over the past few weeks and am happy with the way my body responded … but after discussing things with doctors it was better to make sure I was cautious before returning to play.”

People were keen to hear from Crosby following Dan Bylsma’s morning presser, in which the coach first revealed news about the headache. If there’s an encouraging side of the story, it’s that neither coach nor player (nor GM, Ray Shero) sounded overly concerned with this development — in fact, their precautionary reactions could signify a culture shift in concussion treatment.

Remember, one of the major criticisms of Crosby’s initial injury was returning to the game in which he was believed to be concussed (the 2011 Winter Classic) and then playing in Pittsburgh’s next game (against Tampa Bay.) What we’re seeing now is much more patience and caution being exercised, two things that weren’t always exercised in the past.

  1. andyreidisfat - Dec 8, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Yeah well if your going to take it so cautious then why not give back the game checks for all the games you miss with head aches.

    I am so sick of this baby. This is who the NHL wants as the face of league, a cry baby who sits 2 games because he ran into his own teammate? Really?

    Seriously dude if it is really that bad then you need to retire right now

    • m1k3g - Dec 8, 2011 at 4:01 PM

      You’re either a troll, or seriously stupid.

      You seem too stupid to be a good troll.

    • somekat - Dec 8, 2011 at 4:32 PM

      Really? I’m far from a Crosby fan (flyer fan all my life, so it’s not possible), but calling a guy a “cry baby” for sitting out 2 games with a headache after getting a big hit (teammate or not doesn’t matter), seems pretty idiotic seeing as the guy missed almost a calendar year with a concussion

      If only people were this concerned about concussions 15 years ago. Maybe Lindros (one of the best players of taht generation) wouldn’t of been knocked one hit away from vegetable level and would of been around longer

      • seanp703 - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:47 AM

        It Wasn’t a big hit. It was a small collision.

    • seanp703 - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:44 AM

      Cindy bitchby

  2. icelovinbrotha215 - Dec 8, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    This is what people were slow to talk about. He is more susceptible to ‘headaches’ even if he didn’t get a blow to the head. That’s how the body works. Players will make more runs at him because the NHL just seem set on talking about Crosby and Crosby only.

    • m1k3g - Dec 8, 2011 at 4:08 PM

      I think it’s premature to say that the headache was related to his previous incidents or the collision with Kunitz.

      I’m not saying there is no relation, however…

      Not all headaches are caused by repeated concussions – even for those who have had a history of them. People are just speculating on this situation because of who we’re talking about.

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Dec 8, 2011 at 5:19 PM

        Of course nothing is imminent. But for someone who just sat out for 10 months due to a concussion and now is complaining of having headaches it’s a safe bet he is suffering from PCS. It’s quite obvious that headaches stem from multiple sources but I’d be surprised if it were because Crosby was really tired or staring straight into the sun.

  3. bucfanforlife - Dec 8, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    hello it wasn’t the kunitz hit.he got hit in the head by an elbow earlier in the game.before you type please no the facts. i believe they have video on pht if you go back a little ways.

  4. obamablowz - Dec 8, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    Huge Flyers fan and hate to see Crosby miss time. The game needs him and makes Phi vs Pitt more fun to watch

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