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Sid to see docs this week, could get contact OK

Posted on: October 10, 2011 8:36 pm
Edited on: October 11, 2011 4:16 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

Rumors were beginning to circulate, again, last week that Sidney Crosby could be close to a return. Of course, that was about the seventeenth time that's happened in the past 10 months, but seeing as how Crosby has been doing non-contract skating with the Penguins lately, it seemed more realistic.

He could get some great news toward that end this week. Originally it was reported he would meet with his doctors on Tuesday where he could possibly be cleared for contact, but that meeting will now happen later this week, per Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Here is what Rossi's original story reported about the meeting with doctors.

[Clinical neuropsychologist Michael] Collins has overseen Crosby's treatment from the start and will determine if he can return to contact situations in practices -- the next step as Crosby prepares for his anticipated return to games.

Crosby addressed the situation himself on Tuesday, saying that he has a meeting this week, but it's nothing out of the ordinary.

Crosby said that he'd love more than anybody for the doctors to tell him he's OK to play, but that he has no clue when that could be. As far as how he's feeling, all he would say is that he feels better today than yesterday, whether that was used in a literal sense or more figurative, I'm not sure.

If -- a big if -- Crosby is given the green light for contact, then we might be able to truly set a timetable for his return. This will only be another step. Granted it would be a massive one if he is cleared, but it's still just another step. Don't expect to see him in the lineup for the Penguins' home opener Tuesday night against the Florida Panthers.

Crosby hasn't played in a game since January 5 against the Lightning a game after he suffered a concussion against the Capitals. In that time, there has never been any definite recovery date set.

But you can at least get a little excited Pittsburgh. There was also this from Rossi:

There is a general feel within the organization that the face of the franchise is doing better now than at any point during his recovery.

A somewhat coy Crosby seemed to back that part up in the above interview.

At this point, it's getting hard not to notice a lot of signs indicating things are getting better. And most every hockey fan agree -- even those that hate Crosby -- that his return is good for the game.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: October 13, 2011 7:44 am
 

Sid to see docs this week, could get contact OK

I actually saw him (on video) working the boards the other day at practice with some very light contact...but he was going 100%.  He may be back sooner than we all expected during training camp.  He's been 5 weeks without any symptoms...I expect once he is cleared for contact, the waiting period may be closer to 4 weeks than 2.  He's in great physical / aerobic shape though. 

The way the Pens have started the season spells bad news for the conference.  Let's just hope that there are no cheap shots towards him once he does come back.  Hockey needs him.


Pens /Caps tonight....I'll be there...looking forward to it!
GEAUX Pens



Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 8:44 pm
 

Sid to see docs this week, could get contact OK

Even if Sid is cleared to pratice with contact.  I highly doubt that we will see him for another 2 weeks.  He will go thru some easy contact, then hard contact then game like contact.  Once that is done we will see him.  Prolly the first week in November.   BUT when he does, look out league the King is back...    FU Caps!  Ovey was supposed to be the best, once Sid went down Ovey had his chance to become "that guy" but could not live up to the hype.   Never fear, King Sid is near!!!



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2011 8:28 pm
 

Sid to see docs this week, could get contact OK

wrote:

If you really don't care about these Sid articles, why are you always the first one to post on them claiming that no one cares?
Clearly I do it just to piss off Pengos like yourself.  After all, without the Crosby fanboy quotient, Pittsburgh might have no fans at all, if you're to be taken as representative.
I would've believed you had you done it once than stayed away from the rest of the articles on Sid. But it seems as though you are always commenting on how nobody cares, yet if you really didn't care why comment at all?
Perhaps it wasn't clear in my original post, because I didn't design it to be read by hicks with multiple learning disabilities, but it was NOT directed at Pittsburgh fans or in any way a dig at Crosby.  He's one of the greatest players in the NHL today, and the hockey world would be better served by his return.  However CBS has zero evidence there's been any update to his condition, and as predicted, we know nothing more at the end of today than we knew last week.

It's almost as if you are trying to convince yourself that you don't care about Sid's condition.
Oh, how we all don't wish we were YOU!  You're so clever and smart and handsome and are the bestest fan for the most bestest good team in the Universe.




Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 3:12 pm
 

Sid to see docs this week, could get contact OK

While I have never been a Crosby fan I do believe he is one of the best hockey players in the world.  He makes the NHL that much better when he plays.  I am also happy to see doctors and teams are taking concussions more seriously.  That being said the league needs to do something about the egg shell helmets these players continue to wear, these things were designed to prevent only catastrophic head injuries.  Back to Crosby; even though I hate saying it, come back as soon as you can the league misses you.



Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 1:54 pm
 

Sid to see docs this week, could get contact OK

Mister, 

If you really don't care about these Sid articles, why are you always the first one to post on them claiming that no one cares?

I would've believed you had you done it once than stayed away from the rest of the articles on Sid. But it seems as though you are always commenting on how nobody cares, yet if you really didn't care why comment at all?

It's almost as if you are trying to convince yourself that you don't care about Sid's condition. 



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 1:37 pm
 

Sid to see docs this week, could get contact OK

Yea, let him play Thursday, he needs to open aginst a weak team.



Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 12:41 pm
 

Sid to see docs this week, could get contact OK

 Crosby has been doing non-contract skating

i LOVE the proofreading skills of cbssports.com!!!  continues to amaze!!!



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 11:32 am
 

Docs to determine Tues. if Crosby OK for contact

I personally can't stand the cry-baby turd.  However, I took a chance on drafting him 5th overall in my fantasy draft becasue he's a scoring machine.  Let him rest until he's ready, the rest of my team can hold off the first half but i need him for the playoffs - and so do the Pens.....Red Wings Rule!



Since: Oct 5, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 10:45 am
 

Docs to determine Tues. if Crosby OK for contact

I have no rooting interest in Sid (devils fan), but I hope he returns at full health asap.  He is one of, if not the best players in the world.  And people here "don't care" about his return?  I'd say you don't care about hockey.


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