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Another Crosby update: He speaks, thanks fans

Posted on: August 24, 2011 10:03 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2011 11:22 pm
CrosbyspeaksBy: Adam Gretz

As the Sidney Crosby concussion saga has unfolded over the past couple of months there's been a lot of discussion and speculation regarding his status. Most of the talk has come from his agent, his team and media reports, with little actually coming from Crosby.

Earlier on Wednesday Dejan Kovacevic of the Tribune Review and Sportsnet's Jeff Marek both made their case for Crosby to break his silence and give an update straight from the horses mouth.

On Wednesday evening the Penguins website offered yet another update on Crosby's recovery, including a quote from their captain -- which didn't really tell us all that much -- as well as an update that several of the leading concussion experts that he's been seeing expect him to make a full recovery. Eventually.

Said Crosby, via the team release, “I appreciate all the support I’ve received from my family, friends, teammates and fans and from the entire Penguins organization. I know they only want the best for my health, and for me to be fully ready when I return to game action.”

Surely you weren't expecting anything different at this point.

The release did, however, seem to address the altered offseason workouts we recently heard about:

Crosby, who suffered a concussion in January and missed the rest of the 2010-11 season, made significant progress over the summer and took part in his normal, rigorous off-season workout program – including skating, shooting, stickhandling and off-ice work.

When he got to 90 percent exertion in his workouts, however, he started having some headaches again. At that point, his doctors and trainers altered his workouts accordingly.

Crosby's agent, Pat Brisson, is also quoted in the statement, saying “We always knew this was going to be a progressive recovery – based on how he felt. With a concussion, there is not a finite recovery period like with a shoulder injury or a knee injury. That’s why we’ve never even set a specific goal for a return date like the start of training camp or Oct. 1 or anything else. He will play when he is symptom free.”

And that obviously hasn't happened yet. But again, we're still over a month away from the start of the regular season, so there's still time for him to be ready when the puck drops in October. But we are running out of time. And as Brisson points out in the statement, and this is still the most important thing in all of this, dates aren't the issue -- it's all about how Crosby feels.

The fact that he's still seeing specialists -- the statement claims he recently saw specialists in Georgia and Michigan -- and experiencing headaches when he reached 90 percent exertion has to be concerning on some level, even if the specialists still expect a full recovery.

We just don't know when that's going to be.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Oct 8, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2011 4:53 pm

Another Crosby update: He speaks, thanks fans

there are times when he has been the best player in hockey. he certainly was such last season before the injury. but to say he's the best player in hockey is like saying dan uggla is the best player in MLB because of his hit streak. crosby is top 10, probably top 5, but to make such a statement is bold and incorrect.

Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: August 29, 2011 5:33 pm

Another Crosby update: No Thanks!

Alex Ovechkin is fat.

Crosby has scramble brains.

film at 11. 

Since: May 13, 2011
Posted on: August 29, 2011 2:27 pm

Another Crosby update: He speaks, thanks fans

who cares about this punk pug turd crosby are we supposed to change the rules for this weinie hockey as gone on for a long long time it weeds out the phonies from the frauds the weak dont last in this game it is a physical game the game is played that way and it will not change because of one soft player with a big mouth

Since: Aug 28, 2011
Posted on: August 28, 2011 9:56 pm

Another Crosby update: He speaks, thanks fans

Looks like Cindy is one check away from her retirement !

Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: August 26, 2011 9:05 pm

Another Crosby update: He speaks, thanks fans

finese players are fun to watch, and there should be a defined one on each team.. In my opinion we need more Steve Downies/Dan Carcillos/Kanopkas/Prusts/Colton Orrs/Varos'... these are the guys who should get more recognition, not the soft figure skaters like crosby. I understand he scores more than all of these players combined, but that's what happends when your whole team's job is to protect one individual.

Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: August 26, 2011 8:57 pm

Another Crosby update: He speaks, thanks fans

Crosby has been the most protected hockey player in the nhl since wayne gretsky... and rightfully so. Though Crosby unlike Gretzky isn't capable of making a full career out of his gifted abilities, i spoted this from day 1. Sadly Crosby chose the wrong career... he should have been a basketball player, instead of his career being in doubt he would only be crying about a jammed finger, or a bloody nose.

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: August 26, 2011 4:07 pm

Another Crosby update: He speaks, thanks fans


Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 10:45 pm

Another Crosby update: He speaks, thanks fans

Your kidding right?? Crosby has been protected since day 1, anyone bumps him or tries to go at him and they get the box. While I do want to see him come back healthy, changing rules to protect players takes away from the game. Lindros never got any protection from league and it shortened his career. Hope this doesn't happen. Instead of protecting players how about taking stupidity out the game, force players to be responsible for their actions. NHL has to find way to reduce concussons ut not damage the game.

Since: May 15, 2009
Posted on: August 25, 2011 10:39 pm

Another Crosby update: He speaks, thanks fans

As a sports doc, i understand the reality of his injury. Unfortunately, this can linger for years (hope it's not the case) but the nhl surely needs him and maybe my oilers can send this coming draft pick on a gamble for him if they've given up on him.  Get well Sid! awaiting your next highlight reel, whenever it is!

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