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Penguins issue statment, say Crosby’s neck injury is “fully healed”

Jan 28, 2012, 9:20 PM EDT

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have issued a statement in the wake of today’s report that captain Sidney Crosby has two injured vertebrae in his neck.

From the Penguins official website:

The diagnosis of Dr. Robert S. Bray, a neurological spine specialist based in Los Angeles, is that Sidney Crosby had suffered a neck injury in addition to a concussion. Dr. Bray reports that the neck injury is fully healed.

The most important goal all along has been Sidney’s return to full health, and we are encouraged that progress continues to be made.

The Penguins also stated that Bray’s findings would be evaluated by independent specialists. General manager Ray Shero didn’t offer a follow-up statement to the one posted above, but did say earlier in the day Crosby had returned from California and was “optimistic” No. 87 will play again this season.

As for Bray — he’s a renowned neurological spine specialist and the founder of the DISC Sports and Spine center, the official sports and spine center of the L.A. Kings. His personal website includes testimonials from 2008 U.S. Olympic team members Sarah Haskins (triathlon) and Melanie Roach (weightlifting) — he also worked with the American contingent that went to Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Games.

Crosby hasn’t played since loss to Boston on Dec. 5, after which he began experiencing concussion-like symptoms. He’s been cleared for light exercise and has resumed some of his on-ice workouts.

  1. daryllh - Jan 28, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    anybody want to bet that Crosby wont play more than 40 games a year again?

  2. lameasish - Jan 28, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Sure, I will bet…

  3. reachers87 - Jan 28, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    I’ll take that bet too, he’ll be back better than ever by playoffs.

  4. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 28, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    jesus is making his 2nd return this season!!! praise sidney!

  5. bostonsfullofrats - Jan 28, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    fuck crosbaby

  6. ravenscaps48 - Jan 28, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    Somehow, I don’t believe this story

  7. sjsharksfan11 - Jan 28, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    If he comes back I hope he gets leveled into the boards and his career is ended.

    • tk1966 - Jan 29, 2012 at 2:21 AM

      Its a shame the same didn’t happen to your mother before she gave birth to you

      • sjsharksfan11 - Jan 29, 2012 at 6:16 PM

        HA HA. 1st grade taught you well

    • pacoj68 - Jan 29, 2012 at 3:47 AM

      F**K Y*U

      Kill Yourself!

      The thing that sucks about Shark fans like yourself is that despite all the times they have CHOKED in the playoffs mofos like you still feel the need to talk s*it like if the Sharks have anything to show for it. Oh thats right! Being the Regular Season Champions. Keep Riding HIGH, WAY High on that Presidents Trophy Banner F**k Face. Just remember that Crosby plays the game with more heart more than Thornton and Marleau combined.

      • sjsharksfan11 - Jan 29, 2012 at 6:40 PM

        Keep telling yourself that. When reality finally sets with you, please throw away your rosey colored glasses so it never happens again.

  8. orpikseyes - Jan 29, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    Everyone on ProHockeyTalk needs to remember that Sid is a winner, man. They need to remember that I HE better than everybody else. Fuck man, he’s a bullet-proof tiger, dude, and if everyone on this blog has forgot who he am, then maybe it’s time he remind ’em. Maybe it’s time he reminds everyone just who the fuck Sidney Crosby is.

    • polegojim - Jan 29, 2012 at 10:52 AM

      Seriously??? Obviously…. he’s not bullet proof or he wouldn’t have missed more than half a cumulative season with injury.

      But, yes, it’s time to move on or be done. The Crosby watch drama is getting as old as Forsberg’s ‘unretirement’.

  9. polegojim - Jan 29, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    But…. how in the world did it take this long to check that out.

    Wouldn’t you think that along with concussion treatment, they’d be checking neck/back?

    Somebody dropped the ball big time.

  10. sjsharksfan11 - Jan 29, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Hey Paco(stupid name by the way), my team could NEVER win and I’d still love em and be faithful. Crosby is a whining bitch, he throws cheap shots, and just makes me want to throw up with his diving antics. He has the league and the referees kissing his ass. Open your eyes you moron.

    • pacoj68 - Jan 29, 2012 at 6:41 PM

      For sure regular season champions

      Keep riding high on that Presidents trophy banner that they won back in 09 only to lose to an 8th seed in the playoffs d**khead.

    • pacoj68 - Jan 29, 2012 at 6:44 PM

      When the Sharks choke again in the playoffs the spring you’re more than welcome to choke on my schlong regular season champion.

      • sjsharksfan11 - Jan 29, 2012 at 6:58 PM

        Unlike you, my team could never win a Cup and id still be a fan of them. You’re an example of the bandwagon and senile fanhood in sports today.

      • sjsharksfan11 - Jan 29, 2012 at 7:00 PM

        One more thing PACO…..LOL…….stick to soccer buddy. Your love for Crosby and his diving antics derives from the academy award winning flops in soccer.

  11. vismund11 - Jan 29, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    I wish they would stfu and post about healthy players who are playing NOW. Enough of “Sid is the man”,”Sid is better than everyone, ever” from these Pens fans. We get it, you’ve got, and have had great players. But can we just let bro heal, and worry about the players who are playing right now. G’damn.

  12. pacoj68 - Jan 29, 2012 at 7:15 PM


    What a faggot! You used “LOL”. Anyways…I’m no bandwagon. I been a fan since 1995. If anyone is a bandwagon its you. I doubt you know players like Arturs Irbe, sandis ozolinsh, sergei makarov, igor larionov just to name a few. I also doubt you don’t even know who is still playing in the NHL that was on the 1991-1992 Sharks Team. Keep being a fan of losers since you can relate because you’re a loser yourself.

  13. finfan88shark - Jan 29, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Paco: LOL!

    What would a paco know about hockey, and if you did you would know the faggot is Sidney, I mean come on now, who names there kid Sidney.

    • pacoj68 - Jan 29, 2012 at 8:39 PM

      Another loser that has to chime in. You and SJSharksfan11 should get off your keyboards and sodomize each other.

  14. sjsharksfan11 - Jan 29, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    Paco….wow I can’t get over how dumb that name is…..I don’t need to prove my fanhood to you, a soccer flop loving hermaphrodite. Been going to games since the Cow Palace buddy. Way to name the common names of the old Sharks by the way. Did you look them up on Wikipedia? Or did you have to go run in the other room and ask your daddy who played on the team back in the day when you were a sperm….aka accident?

  15. pacoj68 - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    I won’t lose sleep on how you feel about my username. You’re the fu**en idiot that always has to have the last word. Just STFU already. You got no argument Regular Season Champion. Put my schlong back in your mouth and suck on that LOSER!

  16. cshearing - Jan 30, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Morons arguing back and forth with spewing homophobia. Get a handle on the comments, site runners, or this place will become a ghost town.

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