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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: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:11 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

thigh one for the game and especially tough for the Penguins but there is hope at the end of the tunnel.... once James Harrison melts down one more time and gets booted from the NFL, the Pens can teach him to skate and he can become the next great Marty McSorley and shadow Sid and make sure no one touches him

too bad great talent but will never know the heights grets and gordie reached!

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:44 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

This news won't sit well with the Pens,and the NHL with "the face of the league" having PCS once again. With this happening so soon...again,the Pens had better sit "The Kid" out for however long that it takes for him to get over the PCS. I would hate for this to cause Crosby to call it a career so soon. All that I can think of is "Eric Lindros" all over again. The league will somehow survive,but it would be a shocking blow to the NHL as far as attendance and revenue is concern because whether you're a fan of the Pens or not, hockey fans love to see him play.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:54 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

I love hockey, and love watching Crosby play, but there are more important things than sports.  Lets hope he gets better.

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:47 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

he once told me the Capitals lead the league in 4th period goals.
Good one.  Maybe he was referring to overtime?  (Not that I've checked those stats.)

Since: May 5, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:23 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

Lets stop with the greatest ever crap! There is only 1 "The GREAT ONE"! Hockey is like Basketball. It desperately need another great one. Hockey in America is an afterthought. Behind NFL,MLB,NCAA and pitiful NBA! Crosby has been hurt more than he has played. Im not even a hockey fan and I know that. Once people started labeling this kid the next "GREAT ONE" it made him an open target. Looks like hockey will have to label someone else "THE NEXT GREAT ONE"! Its all over but the presser boys and girls!

Since: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:21 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

Oh no!  How will the NHL survive?  What will Steeler fans watch after the Super Bowl?  How will team Canada ever win another gold medal?  Who will stop global warming......The NHL is a fantastic sport and it's real fans don't need Sydney Crosby shoved down their throat 24/7.  The NHL needs to market their sport, not one guy. 

Since: Feb 20, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:20 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return


Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:20 pm
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Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:17 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

As a longtime Penguins fan, I am really sad that such an amazing talent is going down this path. I am, however, getting tired of waiting and have started to think that he is becoming more of a liability than anything else. If he has to sit out a month everytime he gets hit hard, what's the point of putting him on the ice? If he can't handle the regular pounding and hitting that is required for an NHL player, especially one that has a target on their head. This team is so good and it is a disservice to them to have to keep waiting and wondering if this guy will play and when he does, how long he will be able to do so. It's sad, but I think it is starting to wear fans out. If he can't play, then he needs to hang it up so that the team can move forward. I hate to feel this way because he could go down as one of the all-time greats someday, but it sure doesn't look like that is going to happen.

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:14 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

You can't play hockey without getting hit.  This isn't baseball.  If the guy takes a hit he endangers his health. 

I certainly am not a Sidney Crosby fan but the whole sport of hockey loses from not having one of its leading players. 

For Penguins fans:  pay attention to the career arc of Eric Lindros (rather than Gretzky's), that seems to be exactly the path of where Crosby's career is going.

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