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Report: Sidney Crosby has two injured vertebrae

Jan 28, 2012, 6:44 PM EDT

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The Sidney Crosby injury saga in Pittsburgh is taking another fascinating turn.

According to Sportsnet 590’s Bob McCown, Crosby was concerned with the medical treatment he’s gotten from the Penguins staff and met with a specialist in Utah where it was discovered he has an abnormality in two of his vertebrae (C1 and C2 in the neck) on top of the concussion suffered in December. McCown says that doctors expect Crosby to heal fine and be ready for the playoffs.

CBC’s Elliotte Friedman confirmed the story with Crosby’s agent Pat Brisson who says the possibility he has two fractured vertebrae was raised last week and he’ll be meeting with a third doctor to determine the diagnosis.

If this report turns out to be true and Crosby does indeed have two fractured vertebrae, the questions surrounding the Penguins’ handling of Crosby’s injuries will only grow larger and more pointed. With how methodical they’ve been in handling Crosby’s concussion since seemingly mistreating him last season, missing out on a neck injury would be a glaring error.

Crosby just returned from California where he was meeting a neurological spine specialist and has already begun skating. Penguins GM Ray Shero sounded optimistic about Crosby’s progress earlier today, but with this latest revelation there will be a lot more questions in need of answers.

Here’s video of McCown’s appearance on Sportsnet discussing what he’s found out.

  1. ravenscaps48 - Jan 28, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Now he has back problems? Man, this kid can’t catch a break

    • itsallniceonice - Jan 28, 2012 at 7:02 PM

      C1 C2 injuries aren’t back problems they are much worse.

  2. loinstache - Jan 28, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    My respects go to his recovery, up until robotics are involved at least. The impartial hockey fan in me will not stand idly by if they decide to rebuild him into some neo-Crosby.

    • velocirapist - Jan 28, 2012 at 7:32 PM

      You are so dumb, a bionic Crosby would be awesome and is the only thing capable of destroying that radioactive mutant Zdeno. How awesome would a giant bionic Crosby battling an irradiated Chara monster in downtown Boston be? I would watch the crap out of that.

      • loinstache - Jan 28, 2012 at 7:50 PM

        No you are so dumb because an irradiated Chara monster would clearly not be in downtown Boston, he would be helping rioters in Vancouver. And even then clearly Chara would already know Crosby’s weakness (concussions) and so he would step all over Crosby’s bionics thereby covering them in corrosive radiation, handicapping Crosbot.

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 28, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    It’s good, yet, bad news. Any injury to the spine is nothing to mess with.

  4. vismund11 - Jan 28, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    In recent news Sidney Crosby needs an entirely new body to play hockey this season. He’s not coming back this season, can we justttttt stop getting stories about it. I know next week there will be a story, “This just in, Sidney Crosby stubs toe while walking back from the kitchen”. Enough, maybe he’ll be back next year.

  5. danphipps01 - Jan 28, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    It’s time. Contact Anaheim and offer a trade: Jordan Staal for access to the healing waters of the Fountain of Youth, sealed forever beneath Honda Centre. If it works for Teemu Selanne, it’ll work for Sidney Crosby. Modern medical science won’t save him. Perhaps the magic of eons long forgotten will.

  6. sjsharksfan11 - Jan 28, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    This is great news! Stay outta the game you crybaby cheap shot wuss.

    • gnutella0 - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:07 PM


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