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Crosby doing light exercise, still experiencing concussion symptoms

Dec 28, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

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Given it’s been 23 days since Sidney Crosby‘s last game, Pens head coach Dan Bylsma addressed the media today for an update on No. 87’s health.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune, the update wasn’t good.

Three weeks since absorbing “a minor hit” against the Boston Bruins, Crosby is still having concussion-like symptoms and — once again — there is no timetable for his return.

Crosby hasn’t spoken to the media since Dec. 12 and Bylsma offered little in terms of a status update. The Penguins coach did say Crosby was taking part in light workouts, but — as the Tribune’s Josh Yohe notes — Crosby was also doing light exercise last season while missing significant time with a concussion.

  1. steelerchicken - Dec 28, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Time to retire Sid!

  2. stakex - Dec 28, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Like Crosby or hate him there is no way to spin this situation. He missed nearly a year with a concussion only to come back and have another one after 8 games. Thats not a good thing. If hes still having symptoms its unlikely he will play in another game for a while, if at all this year. Even if he was suddenly symptom free and able to get back in game shape in short order… I can’t see the Pens allowing him to play right away. What if he went out and had yet another concussion? The Pens simply will not want to risk that.

    For that matter, if Crosby really wants to save his career he wouldn’t want to come back right away either. While its WAY too early to start talking about the “R” word, another quick concussion really could bring an abrupt end to his career.

    • polegojim - Dec 28, 2011 at 6:08 PM

      Save it for next year. It’s not even remotely worth the risk if he’s still that sensitive to hits.

  3. comeonnowguys - Dec 28, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    I’m getting a sinking feeling that the NBC Sports network will be:

    50% Tebow updates
    40% Crosby updates
    10% Teases for NBC programming.

    • goforthanddie - Dec 28, 2011 at 3:25 PM

      You overestimate the public’s give-a-damn for hockey. Or are Canadian, which would explain the first.

    • bcjim - Dec 28, 2011 at 4:18 PM

      fear not once golf returns, it will be:

      10% Tebow updates
      20% Crosby updates
      80% Tiger Woods updates

  4. fatheaddesign - Dec 28, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Terrible about Sidney Crosby still having concussion symptoms, but let’s get the facts straight here – that *hit* from Krejci wasn’t what set him back, it was the collision with his own teammate later in the game.

    • abrienza428 - Dec 28, 2011 at 2:41 PM

      That’s not true. That collision was knee on knee. Crosby didn’t hit his head at all there. He said he wasn’t sure if it was one thing that caused the recurrence of symptoms, but stated that the only time he remembered getting hit in the head was the Krecji incident.

    • jpelle82 - Dec 28, 2011 at 2:47 PM

      unless you are God then you dont know shit. he could have fell down the stairs at his house and blamed hockey for it and we would never be the wiser

      • mbyron03 - Dec 28, 2011 at 2:58 PM

        Also, don’t forget – once you get a concussion, it seems that getting a “new one” gets easier and easier. This situation reminds me a lot of Eric Lindros. In his first year on the Rangers after being skewered by Bobby Clarke, Lindros was fighting for the puck along the boards and took the simplest of taps on the top of his helmet. It looked like nothing and he was out months. And that was a decade ago when the approach to concussions was primitive.

    • pens919209 - Dec 28, 2011 at 4:44 PM

      I have yet to meet the man who carries his brains in his knee… but I’ve met several who store their brains in their rears.

  5. jpelle82 - Dec 28, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    life goes on. how about an article on how the pens have won 4 in a row without him or how malkin and neal have running points streaks and are in the hunt for the league lead in points and goals respectively? as a pens fan, i look forward to see who is going to fill the roster spot crosby used to fill and how will they step their game up to help us win tonight. really dont care if the question is “if” or “when” when it relates to crosby anymore, pens will be fine without him as they’ve proven over his short injury filled career. how about a Letang update?

    • abrienza428 - Dec 28, 2011 at 3:23 PM

      Pens coach Bylsma gave several injury updates:

      Crosby is doing light exercise at this point. Still has some symptoms
      Letang is feeling better and progressing

    • polegojim - Dec 28, 2011 at 6:15 PM

      Why no other Pens news?

      Because the Crosby injury is being milked for excuses. When the Red Wings beat the Pens, it was because the Pens are an ‘injury ridden’ team. Sheesh…give it a rest.

      People can’t seem to embrace or envision the Pens without Crosby…. it’s sad because they’re VERY talented without him.

  6. goforthanddie - Dec 28, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Hang it up son. Go out on top, while you still know the difference between top and bottom.

    • goforthanddie - Dec 28, 2011 at 7:57 PM

      Wowzers. Lotsa folks want to see Sid end up mindless and shitting himself. Classy bunch.
      Face facts tardasses. He’s been down for a year with a BRAIN disorder. The BRAIN is the thing some people have that controls their bodies. Sid’s isn’t working right. A hockey rink isn’t the best place for brain-damaged people to be.
      Deal with it.

  7. pens919209 - Dec 28, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    I half suspect that Crosby just got tired of waiting to get back into playing. Maybe he played off some light, lingering symptoms that he thought would just work themselves out given the amount of working out and practicing he had been doing before coming back. Maybe those symptoms were aggravated by the Krejci hit – or as mbyron pointed out, maybe now he’s even more susceptible to concussions (a la Lindros) and that hit brought on a new one.

    Regardless, it will be very, very interesting to see what the Penguins decide to do at the trade deadline (if he’s not playing by then), and in free agency. That could tell us a few things about what they expect to happen with Crosby.

    And in the meantime, this team continues to play a fast, aggressive game and (for now) is getting balanced scoring throughout the line-up. Hopefully that can continue.

  8. danphipps01 - Dec 29, 2011 at 1:28 AM

    Honestly, this is what worries me more than anything – that Shero won’t recognize he’s really not lacking anything without Crosby. My concern is that he’ll sign him for another several years with a no-trade clause (as is standard policy with star players, team captains, et cetera), only to see him lost to injury for much of the time, possibly even retiring in a couple of years if things take a still-sharper turn for the worst. This is a team that relies on bargain contracts with their wingers to afford their pair of star centers and you have to know Neal’s going to need a huge pay raise when (not really an “if” at this point, I feel) he notches forty this season. Then there’s Letang, who’s also going to need a substantial raise sooner or later. This team will be forced to give up some quality players to keep paying Crosby $8,700,000 a year – either a LOT of their cheaper, bottom-six guys or a couple key players like Neal whose salary requirements would be too high.

    My fear is that Shero’s gonna sign Sidney Crosby and receive Rick DiPietro instead. The truth is, the Pens are a high-power team without him. Last year they performed stupendously without him, Malkin and, for a time, Staal. All at once. This year, they’ve dealt with his injury admirably despite also losing just about everyone at various points. They’re a deep, skilled team. They CAN survive, and excel, without Crosby, and with his future as doubtful as it is… well, you have to wonder if the wise move might just be letting his contract expire and gunning for an upcoming free agent to take the #2C position. Jamie Benn, maybe, who knows. But Shero’s not likely gonna make that decision. Letting Crosby walk? No GM would willingly do it after seeing him rejuvenate their franchise so. And if he doesn’t pan out… well, then they’re paying a sixth of their salary to an absentee and letting other quality players walk out the door because they can’t pay them enough. You have to wonder if the shrewder move would be committing to a Crosby-less team.

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