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Sidney Crosby cleared for practice but no contact

Posted on: September 16, 2011 12:54 pm

By Brian Stubits

Sidney Crosby has been cleared to practice with the Penguins, just not for contact yet. This represents a big step in his long recovery from post-concussion syndrome.

“I’m cleared to practice without contact. That’s good news for me. I’m excited to get going,” Crosby said Crosby on Friday. “Whatever symptoms I’ve had have been pretty minimal. To be able to get cleared to do this is good.”

I can hear what most of you are saying, "Oh great, another Crosby update" but this one has real merit. It's so tantalizing, it has some people wondering if Crosby will be back in time for the start of the season. While I won't even think of going that far, this would qualify as moving on to the next phase. But to state the obvious, hockey is kind of tough. Until he is given a green light on contact can we even begin to speculate when he might be back playing games.

From the Penguins official team site:

“I think camp will be a pretty good indication. It’s going to be pretty intense,” Crosby said. “Even without contact, I’m sure it’s going to be a pretty good pace. I’ll see how things go then.

“But I feel like I’ve done pretty good tests of exertion at different points and responded pretty well. I think the main thing is that I feel pretty comfortable and confident with where I’m at heading into camp here.”

This isn't the first time that Crosby has been cleared to resume hockey activities sans contact. At the end of March he was given the OK to join the team skates with the possibility of a return by the playoffs lingering. But things were shut down when Crosby began suffering post-concussion symptoms again.

So for now, Sid will just worry about things, day by day.

“You don’t want to be evaluating yourself every minute out there,” he said. “You want to go out there and try to do the things you normally do and see how things go. That being said, if everything is going well, you’ve got to use that time to get ready and get back in shape and timing and all of that stuff. It’s been a long time since I’ve been out there with a group and it’s been intense, so I’m just looking forward to getting out there and doing that.”

All this time, the Penguins have been very cautious with Crosby, insisting on not pushing him back too soon, coach Dan Bylsma included. But that doesn't mean it doesn't get him excited to see his superstar back training with the team, even if in a diminished role.

“In terms of seeing Sidney Crosby on the ice in that jersey and participating in practice, it’s always good to see that,” Bylsma said. “He’ll be out there with his teammates and participating.

“A lot of what he’s doing will be what he is comfortable with. He’ll be at the same pace and tempo as the other guys. Some of the contact drills he may not participate in.”

But right now it's a massive step that there are drills he will be participating in.

Just in case you need a reminder, Crosby is, oh, kind of good. He played in exactly half of the games last season yet still led the Penguins in points by 16, scoring 32 goals and adding 34 assists.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: September 17, 2011 11:05 am

Sidney Crosby cleared for practice but no contact

To all the people complaining about these kinds of articles: If you dont like Sid, or if you are sick of hearing about his condition, where he is at in recovery, etc... do youself a favor and just DONT READ the article. Dont waste your time reading an article you know you gonna hate. I dont like Ovechkin. I respect his talent, but when I see a title of an article about him that is pretty evident its going to be something I dont like or care about, I dont read it. Plain and simple.  It saves you from an elevated blood pressure and saves the rest of us, who are interested, from having to listen to you complain about it.

Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: September 17, 2011 7:13 am

Sidney Crosby cleared for practice but no contact

I cant stand Crosby being a Wings fan but want him to get back to 100%, this league needs him and hes a great ambassador for the sport. He totally can shift the balance of power in the East singlehandedly if he returns and plays a full season.....Im also hoping to get a rematch with the Pens in the Finals

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: September 17, 2011 12:30 am

Sidney Crosby cleared for practice but no contact

Concussions are symptomatic of three factors: (speed x mass = force) + a set of Jofa elbow pads = CONCUSSION!  NHL players are bigger and faster than they've ever been, and point-of-contact equipment has never been harder or more unforgiving.  And therein lies your solutions: go to an Olympic size ice surface and eliminate hard plastic first point-of-contact on the upper body equipment, except the helmet; and by the way, I came up with a fighter's helmet prototype that I will trot out if y'all are interested in that.  As for Sid, he's got to play...., and if someone plants a shoulder in the middle of his chest and he gets a concussion, then he's done!

Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2011 9:57 pm

Sidney Crosby cleared for practice but no contact

Steckel or however you spell his strange name & Victor Hedman need to be KO'd right out of their careers. This is ridiculous. A guy tries to play clean and be all he can be scoring wise and this? This is what he gets. Trash's elbow & cowardly headfirst into the boards? I believe Patrice Bergeron's headfirst into the boards by Randy Jones didn't hold him out this long. Maybe I'm wrong. That's one of the many reasons why I was happy to see the Boston Bruins win the Stanley Cup. But Sidney Crosby has to come back otherwise thugs know all I gotta do is risk a silly two to five minutes in the Sin Bin to put out a star...

Since: Apr 12, 2008
Posted on: September 16, 2011 9:22 pm

Sidney Crosby cleared for practice but no contact

1. people need to STOP with the "nba locked out, gonna get new fans", If someone doesn't like hockey they aren't gonna all of the sudden say, "no nba, i'll follow the nhl". It's a niche sport and always will be. I don't care either cause I love it and never try to CONVICE people sorta like how I don't want people to tell me about what religion is right.

2. as much as I dislike crosby he is good for the game and that goes without saying. Gonna be wierd if/when he goes up against the black and orange w/o richards to oppose him.

3. Is it opening night yet?!!!!!?!?!?!?!?

Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: September 16, 2011 8:31 pm

Sidney Crosby cleared for practice but no contact

Classy comment from you Ace. The exact opposite from Nut. You can still hate Crosby but respect his talents like you do or you can be a little kid and make "She" comments like a pathetic individual who apparentley thinks it was funny like Nut. Tens of grade schoolers are laughing at the "she" remark. Good one.

This is a very good opportunity, like you mentioned Ace, for the NHL to get the spotlight with the NBA lockout going on and no end in sight. Hockey is a great sport and it would be great for fans who don't know much about it to follow it.  

Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: September 16, 2011 3:48 pm

Sidney Crosby cleared for practice but no contact

Seinfeld nut is about as funny as Jerry on Seinfeld...oh wait...

Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2011 3:18 pm

Sidney Crosby cleared for practice but no contact

Hope he comes back and is better than ever.  The NHL is a better league with guys like this in it.

Since: Oct 8, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2011 3:13 pm

Sidney Crosby cleared for practice but no contact

It is sad. But, it's part of the game. I would much rather see him hang up the skates now than be spending the next 50+ years of his life eating through a straw.

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