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Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:03 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 2:06 pm

By Brian Stubits

Just like that, Sidney Crosby watch is back on.

The Penguins announced last week they were going to withhold their superstar for two games as a precaution after Crosby said he wasn't feeling 100 percent following a loss to the Boston Bruins. We then shared that there were rumblings he could be out for longer than those two games.

That's definitely the case now. Caution will continue to be the word of the week as Crosby is going to remain on the sidelines for the time being.

"Not [feeling] bad," Crosby said. "I'm not happy about watching. But I have to make sure with these sort of things that I'm careful and making sure I'm 100 percent before coming back. No timetable."

"It's frustrating for Sid," coach Dan Bylsma said. "Sid knows his body better than anyone else. He's not feeling 100 percent. He'll return when he is 100."

If you're a Crosby and/or Penguins fan, you have to be worried about more post-concussion symptoms for the Kid.

"I did my ImPACT test and it went pretty good. That was a good sign. It's much different than previously going through that stuff. That was encouraging. I skated following day after with exertion. I just didn't feel right. After talking with everyone I figured it was better to be cautious and not take any chances. That's where I'm at right now.

"The ImPACT isn't everything. You have to listen to your body on these things too. That was encouraging. My ImPACT was much, much worse after I did it in January. This is something I have to be careful with."

If people weren't holding their breath before, they should be now.

"Yes [I've had symptoms the last couple days]. If I didn't I wouldn't be practicing.

"I've been doing light exertion stuff and seeing how that goes. It's that whole (recovery) routine again, but hopefully not as long. When I wasn't doing something for 6, 7 months that process was a little longer. Hopefully, that's not the case here."

When Crosby came back, the concerns people had didn't revolved around how he'd be as a player, but how he'd respond when he took another hit. The culprit in this case appears to be an inadvertent elbow to the head from David Krejci a week ago. While the tests didn't reveal a concussion, if he is feeling the symptoms again, it might as well be.

To scare Penguins fans even more, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review points out that a lot of players have passed the ImPACT test only to be diagnosed with a concussion later.

So that's one of many questions at this point. Did Crosby actually suffer another concussion or did he have a setback? Crosby doesn't know how a doctor would call it, but he knows how he labels it.

"I don't even think frustrating begins to describe it," Crosby said.

Could we be looking at another long absence before he's 100 percent and able to return?

"I have a pretty good idea of these things now and I know this is not where I was before, so that is encouraging," Crosby said.

It certainly is, but the question is how much further along is he? He said he's better than he was in August, but remember that he didn't come back until mid-November. So that means Crosby Watch is back on.

Unfortunately, this is likely how Crosby's career will go from now on. He'll never get over the concussions that kept him out for almost a year. He might one day physically, but the questions will forever persist any time that Crosby takes a hit.

Here is video of the full interview.

Photo: Getty Images

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Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:54 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

I feel very bad for this guy, He is such a Huge talent and just cant stay on the ice.
I hate to say it but it might be time for Sid to hang up his skates before he really hurts himself.
There will be longterm effect already but this is far to many concussions.
He is now out 6-8 weeks again!!! He should think about his future in life not the NHL.
I would hate to see something happento the guy and I wish him the best.

Since: Feb 16, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:40 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

Guess all the complainers will have to start liking hockey for hockey.

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:02 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return really know NOTHING about concussions do you.  Concussions can lead to further brain damage down the road...and if he keeps getting headaches/concussion symptoms when he is involved in contact...then it is likely a result of a cuncussion and his long-term health is at risk.  Steelwood...going to let you in on a secret.  Life is more than just sports.  A person's health comes before your love of a team. 

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:59 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

You know, I REALLY hate to say this...but this is the beginning of the end of Crosby...and it's very sad.  All that talent, but concussions can take a career from anyone.  And sadly, Sid the Kid won't be playing much longer if these symptoms keep coming back easily.  I know some Pitt fans are going to keep that faith, and that's all anyone who is a fan can do.  But again...i truly believe this is the beginning of the end of Crosby

Since: Mar 20, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:29 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

Pretty ignorant steelwood. Concussions cut the career of Pat Lafontaine very short. When your headache is so severe it makes you sick, than thats a problem. Im sure this never happened so its even more terrifying for Crosby. I hate the guy but he is great for the NHL and he is an awesome player.

Since: Mar 20, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:27 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

Gary Bettman just crapped a 24c gold brick.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:14 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

Bettpenguin just fainted. He will be lost? How does he market the league now? Afterall, he believes the entire league should be called the Crosby Hockey League.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:00 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

Well, at least there's another rising super star to fill the void, Claude Giroux.  On second thought, he's out, too . . . . .

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:42 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

people like you wooden head make your team and fans look stupid!

ever heard of Eric Lindros? dumbass!

you got some great role models therei Pitt to root for BIG BEn the RAPIST, Harrsison who is the biggest cheapshot artist in the league! yea great players on your illustrious teams!


Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:28 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

Gotta love the rejects that continue to bash Pens and Steelers and their fans. Probably you and your city never had anyone decent to root for. Rejects.

On the Crosby issue, I believe that he's being baby'd again. He had some headaches so what. He passed the concussion tests. But has "concussion-like" symptoms. Sooooooooooo what is it then? Make up your minds doctors. Pathetic.

So everytime he has a headache the rest of his life he will magically have a concussion again, even after he's retired. Book that.

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