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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: Jul 25, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:46 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

So Sid is hurt again. This is going to be sad because a potentially great career is going to be cut short.

Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:44 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

In the immortal words of Megatron. "It's over Prime."  Transformers The Movie (1986)

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:43 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

Looking at another Eric "china doll" Lindros.

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:37 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

Echoes of Marc Savard.  Hopefully, taking time off and a more cautious approach will allow one of the game's best players to come back completely healthy.  This really sucks...

Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:12 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

Ravenmaniac is a troll from the football boards, he once told me the Capitals lead the league in 4th period goals.

Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:09 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

It's amazing some of you ignorant Filthy and Crapitals fans say about an individual that is good for the sport of hockey.  Maybe it's just jealousy in the fact that one of you hasn't won anything since 1975 and the other hasn't been relevent in hockey let's see..EVER...

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:52 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

Hate to say it, but he is done. 

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:44 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

This guy is done. Unless there's going to be an unspoken "Don't hit Crosby" rule, which would compromise the integrity of the game, then he can't survive out there. All it's going to take is one ordinary, legal hit; then he'll miss a few more games, and then he'll retire. Too bad, because the skill level is still there. But to display those skills, other players will have to skate around him, and then it isn't hockey anymore.

Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:35 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

A real shame.  I'll admit I'm a hater but I'm a fan of the game and hate to see waste.  The Kid was one of the best but this is a shame.  The hit from his teamate could not have been "thee" hit.  Something must've jarred him earlier.  The sad part is witnessing this situation where after the first "jarring" hit it becomes easier to be put out of commission with a much less impact.  I know equpment and plastics have become solid versus the old pads but surely those players were hit often.  Is it just that the players of the past weren't financially set and HAD to play versus the players of today who are out for 40-50 games?

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:26 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

"From a tue Penguins hater, I still would hate to see Crosby not be able to forfill his destiny as perhaps the greatest ever."

Mar725, not even close......He is very good no doubt but no way would he be best ever.

Sorry, he would never be as dominant as Gretzky and Lemieux. Sergei Federov would have owned him, Stevie Y better, Jagr better,he is no Messier, many many more than this better than Sid. I think he is done personally but he was great with the man advantage, but no where near best ever, he is not a good defensive forward, kinda bad actually. Say what you want about Gretzky's defense when you can finish a NHL season +98 in plus/minus you freaking DOMINATE. Sid when he led the league was about average +10, meaning 5 on 5 he gives up a ton in the other zone and he was surrounded by talent too. Federov was perhaps the best 2 way player ever, would take him over Crosby anyday! Bobby Clarke would have given him his toothless smile! 

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