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Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:51 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2012 11:47 pm
CrosbyBy: Adam Gretz

Sidney Crosby hasn't appeared in a game for the Penguins since December 5, and at this point there is still no timetable for his return. Which is pretty much business as usual. It's been assumed that his current absence has been the result of another concussion, but he was also reportedly dealing with an injury to his C1 and C2 vertebrae, according to Bob McCown of Sportsnet 590 the Fan and Elliotte Friedman of CBC.

Said Crosby's agent, Pat Brisson, via Friedman, "Sid did suffer a concussion, but last week, the possibility of two fractured vertebrae (C1 and C2) was discovered. A third doctor is being consulted to determine the exact diagnosis."

The Penguins released the following statement on Saturday night, including that the vertebrae injury has apparently already healed: "The diagnosis of Dr. Robert S. Bray, a neurological spine specialist based in Los Angeles, is that Sidney Crosby had suffered a neck injury in addition to a concussion. Dr. Bray reports that the neck injury is fully healed. Those findings will be evaluated by independent specialists over the next few days. The most important goal all along has been Sidney's return to full health, and we are encouraged that progress continues to be made."

Crosby had been in California this past week visiting Dr. Bray, so this news shouldn't come as a total shock (the fact he was seeing a specialist that deals with the spine, instead of a specialist that deals with concussions, should have been somewhat of a tip), but it does add a few more questions to the mix. Like, how didn't anybody know about this before?

What's interesting is that the injury was originally discovered, according to the Sportsnet report, when Crosby visited a specialist in Utah for an MRI after getting some advice from a friend ... New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Earlier in the day on Saturday Penguins general manager Ray Shero remained hopeful that Crosby will play again this season.

"We'll see, Hopefully, next week where he is after we get the reports from California," said Shero. "The thing with Sidney is we want to continue to look to see how we can get this under control and manageable ... hopefully we'll have him back here at some point soon."

This latest report may not change that, but it does simply add to what he has been dealing with, while the uncertainty continues to grow.

He appeared in eight games this season, scoring two goals and 10 assists after missing the second half of last season and the first part of this season due to a concussion.

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Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 3:45 pm

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

This could bw the final nail in the coffin for Syds playing days.   It is time for Crosby to start thinking about his future health and retire.  One more big hit and he could have brain damage later in life or even be paralyzed with this new neck issue.

The kid has had a great career..won a Stanley Cup, MVP, won an Plympic Gold Medal..has enough money to live a great life.  Crosby does not need to prove himself to anybody.

These things happen in contact sport.

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 3:44 pm

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

sid the kid is still the best player in the world!!!!1 when he returns all you idiots will eat your words!!!! your all dog meat!!!!!

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 3:16 pm

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

Stop hating on sidney! Anyone can get a concussion and anyone can get a back injury. Luck is needed to have a long career. Even if he does retire he's done more that 95% of the guys playing and all you haters go choke on your less than $500/week salary for the rest of your life. Oh by the way old age will catch up to all you haters and then you can look in the mirror and say "I wasn't built to be a human being".

What a bunch of clowns posting ignorant and selfish comments. No respect for people. Hockey is a really tough sport and a lot of great players end their careers early because of injuries. (Bobby Orr, Scott Stevenson,  etc...)

Thats life when it's your time to go its your time to go! 

Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:38 pm

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

Don't make it to many basketball articles huh?

Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:34 pm

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

At 37 year old I must say I find it funny to read the kiddies that hate Crosby. You all remind me of the kids of the 80's who hated Wayne. Because he is a "whiner" (aka good captain) and oozes talent.

To quote know-nothing Tim Tebowists

Haters gonna hate 

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:33 pm

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

I am not a Hockey fan and now reading people's comments here I am glad.  By far Hockey fans seem to be the most hateful and uncivilized group of people. 

Since: Feb 1, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 1:30 pm

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

Cindy is done.  She's risking paralysis by playing.  I don't think they are telling us everything either.  She must be hurt more then they are telling us.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 1:13 pm

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

Well, Crosby is done. Time to retire early. He just constantly gets injured. These are not small injuries either. These injuries effect his life after hockey as well. He needs to hang it up. You can't risk another injury that could paralyze you or turn your brain to mush.

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 1:09 pm

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy who played with highest level of class and sportsmanship.  Oh wait, there was that two hander on Zetterberg and the countless facials from behind while hiding behind the refs.  Retire scrub!

Since: Jul 26, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:57 pm

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

Time for Sidney to hang it up.  It's no reflection on his dedication that he's just not physically constructed to take the regular hammering in the NHL.  Reminds me of Bo Jackson.  A great baseball and football player but his physique just couldn't take the strain.  Genetics, not attitude.

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