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Breaking: Crosby says “no timeframe” for his return

Dec 12, 2011, 12:59 PM EDT

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After sitting out practice this morning, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby spoke to the media and provided a health update.

While the news wasn’t awful, it wasn’t overly optimistic — with the big development being there’s no fixed date for his return to action.

On his status: “Not [feeling] bad. I’m not happy about watching. But I have to make sure with these sort of things that I’m careful and making sure I’m 100 percent before coming back. No timetable [for a return].”

On how he’s feeling: “I did my ImPACT test [concussion exam] and it went pretty good. That was a good sign. It’s much different than previously going through that stuff. That was encouraging. I skated following day after with exertion. I just didn’t feel right. After talking with everyone I figured it was better to be cautious and not take any chances. That’s where I’m at right now.

“The ImPACT isn’t everything. You have to listen to your body on these things too. That was encouraging. My ImPACT was much, much worse after I did it in January. This is something I have to be careful with.

Is he experiencing symptoms?  “Yes. If I didn’t I would be practicing. I’ve been doing light exertion stuff and seeing how that goes. It’s that whole [recovery] routine again, but hopefully not as long. When I wasn’t doing something for six, seven months that process was a little longer. Hopefully, that’s not the case here.”

Crosby’s tone and the presser’s overall vibe conveyed a sense of frustration, captured by the Post-Gazette’s Shelly Anderson:


  1. abrienza428 - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Poor guy. All he wants to do is play hockey.

  2. cmutimmah - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    That sucks for him. Hopefully, he can be back soon. Concussions involve a lot of grey area, so caution is always the best strategy.

    Now put him on IR then so I can get the roster spot back for my fantasy team!

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    This is what every Pens fans should have and will be fearing. He is now out with concussion like symptoms. I’ve been saying this and will continue to say this: it is rare for any athlete to have the same career after they have suffered a severe concussion. Any contact can trigger the symptoms. All one can do is wait it out.

  4. nhlbruins90 - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    With concussions, it seems that the recovery depends to a large extent on the individual. For Nathan Horton, he took a brutal hit, but he’s bounced back without missing a beat. For Savard, not so much. Bergeron has had a second concussion, which was mild, but seems to have bounced back well. Hopefully, he won’t take a third.

    With Sidney, this doesn’t look good. His hit was brutal. His recovery seemed slow. And now, a setback. They say that Savard came back too early, and then the next big hit took him out. But what if Savard had waited as long as Crosby? I bet the result would have been exactly the same. The pattern seems familiar, of course, we hope for the best.

  5. lsxphotog - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    I would just sit out the remainder of December and come back strong in December. He should be moved to IR in the meantime…

    • rricardinho - Dec 12, 2011 at 3:03 PM

      or maybe he should wait for December,either that or December

      • wheresdapuck - Dec 12, 2011 at 3:06 PM

        Or December 2014?

    • lsxphotog - Dec 12, 2011 at 5:38 PM

      Yep, at this rate, it will be December 2012, so my mistake could be factual.

  6. philliesblow - Dec 12, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    As a Wings fan, I hate Crosby with the white hot intensity of a thousand suns. However, I do respect his talent and hope he recovers, if not quickly then completely. The game would be worse off without him.

    • lsxphotog - Dec 12, 2011 at 5:38 PM

      Well put. I hate him beyond words…and the Pens. But I want him to get better.

  7. haterzgonahate - Dec 12, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    here we go again. looking forward to my morning cup of Crosby everday till he comes back. hope he gets better sooner rather than later

  8. wheresdapuck - Dec 12, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    This is just a tell-tale sign that Crosby is done in the NHL. Came back for how many games?

    • nhlbruins90 - Dec 12, 2011 at 9:42 PM

      Sadly, that may be true.

  9. skimmer0220 - Dec 12, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    wrap it up and call it quits, cus you sir are done ask Lindros about it

  10. sportsfan412 - Dec 12, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Stick a fork in him… so sad, great player but he can’t handle the rigors of playing in the NHL since the concussions. You said it skim – just like Lindros…

  11. ispysomething7 - Dec 13, 2011 at 7:10 AM

    Dude is smarter than Troy

  12. eagleswineagleswin - Dec 13, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    Hilarious. Career over.

    – Flyers Fan

  13. ottograham - Dec 13, 2011 at 10:49 AM


    youre a bum for that comment. Look at you behind your computer monitor calling out a player that is beyond better than any player on your roster. I have never had a problem with the Phillies or the Eagles for that matter (mainly bc the Eagles lack any signifigance). But Flyers and their fans from Filthadelphia make me sick to my stomach. Not only do you lack any taste, but it seems you lack any logical intelligence. IF Crosby comes back I hope he takes a giant dump on the ice everytime we play your sorry excuse for what used to be a great city. Im kinda upset I have to share the same Commonwealth as you mongoloids.

  14. eagleswineagleswin - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:08 AM


    For starters we have the best player in hockey on our roster. Crosby is not coming back (thankfully) and his career is over. I am laughing as I write this. F Crosby and all of the trash from Pittsburgh. Pitt is the armpit of the commonwealth. Your people are all coal miner white trash. Hope the Penguin team plane crashes into your house on their way home from another loss

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