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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: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:23 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

If he's smart, he'll sit out for the rest of the year and come back when the symptons are truly gone, like Bergeron did with the Bruins.

If he's dumb, he'll try to come back again this year, and ultimately end up ending his career like Savard.

Like I said before, that so called "hit" was more of a love tap ... If he can't handle even the slighest of contact, he'd be in a world or hurt when a real LEGIT AND LEGAL hit came his way.


Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:22 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

I'm certainly no Crosby lover either, but I would hate to see this permanently derail his career.  And don't assume it will.  Perhaps they're bein more cautious with him than they would with some players, but in any event there's still time for a reasonable recovery. 

And, along those lines, good luck to our Chris Pronger.

Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:08 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

This will result ultimately in the end of his playing career, in retrospect he never should have come back this year.  These concussion problems are not going to go away.  They will increase in severity and be brought on by lesser impact hits and bumps.  Thats the nature of concussions.

Good luck to him as he recovers from these problems and best wishes in the next stage of his life.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:07 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

The man plays hockey in the NHL, much physically tougher than anything I have done with my life....I was Active Duty Army for a decade of my life, we grueled it out for as long as I can remember. Always being sore and in pain. Still nothing to how physical NHL hockey plays. So many delivery boys here calling him a Sissy, lmao at you couch potatoes. Anyway, he is a whiner on and off the ice compared to most players, but he is not a sissy. That game is so fast it is ridiculous. NHL players skate roughly 30 mph. Head on collisions impact at 70 mph. I couldnt even imagine days, weeks, months and years with that force smashing my body daily. Yea if I was him I would sit out until my brain was 100% without symptoms. Bruised muscles is one thing, bruised brain another. If I was him I would call it quits this year as well. He is young, let the brain heal, even if it takes 2 more years. Than at what age 26 come back and play another good 10 years....Lindros rushed back and ended his career at a young age. He was prone to it since he did not let it heal, or just could never recover from it. Crosby may in fact be done, who knows. NHL hockey is the fastest contact sport on earth. He should definitely just wait it out a long time if he wants a long career. He is smart and thinking long term, as in not just hockey his life. Ask people with multiple concussions. They get headaches for the rest of their life, excutiating at times. My 7 year old daughter has had 2 of them already. She randomly gets massive headaches and she is not getting hit at 70 mph for a living. Sometime you hockey fans are just plain DOOPID!!

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:06 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

It's going to hurt the Ravenmaniac when the Steelers beat the Ravens again in the playoffs. So much hate.

Since: May 1, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:03 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

Time for Sidney Crosby to retire.  One bad hit and it can ruin his life.  Just look at Marc Savard. walk away while your brain is still intact.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:00 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

This is looking similar to how Pat LaFontaine's career ended.  It's too bad for the fans.  Even for all you haters out there, Sid is the best player in the game.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:00 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. However, that being said, he has to realize that life is more important than hockey. I have a fractured back and am living in constant pain and I can tell you that I would give waway anything and everything I have to be able to just walk or even stand without pain. I hope Sid realizes before it is too late that he needs to get out now, while he may be able to live a normal life. <br /><br />Best of luck, Sid.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:59 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

We have seen the end of Crasby as we knew him.    Too bad..but the kid needs to hang them up while he still has his senses.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:59 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

BrianLion - Agreed. And can the league go more than one year without giving us the Pens or Flyers in the Winter Classic? Just call it the Pennsylvania Classic and move on.

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