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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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Comments

Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:37 pm
 

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

Well JESUS TITTY F@CKING CHRIST!!!!!!!! it's got to be healed by now!! The guy has had more time off then....a retired dead person
...As opposed to a WORKING dead person, you moron?



Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:14 pm
 

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

Well JESUS TITTY F@CKING CHRIST!!!!!!!! it's got to be healed by now!! The guy has had more time off then....a retired dead person.



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 10:53 am
 

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

Hey, those ex Capitals all look alike, right?




Since: Jan 29, 2012
Posted on: January 29, 2012 10:35 am
 

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

Let me guess you watch figure skating full time and hockey part time




Since: Jan 29, 2012
Posted on: January 29, 2012 10:30 am
 

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

Dont forget the Oilers 5 cups six years



Since: Jul 30, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 10:27 am
 

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

Wow, After reading some of these comments, I am floored by the posts saying the Pens were given these players by the NHL. Why would the NHL give Pittsburgh these elite players though the draft? It makes no sense. I guess since the Flyers lost out on Patrick Kane and had to take James Van Reimsdyk instead, I should think the NHL had something to do about it? Completely PATHETIC!! Jealousy is running amuck here. Get over it already!


Is it better for Sidney to retire? For what reasons? His back is healed. Between that and his concussions, Now you know why hes been out so long. Stop calling him a wuss. Did any of you idiots ever have a concussion? I have and it ain't pretty to say the least. He is NOT GOING TO RETIRE! Hes young and hopefully doesnt turn out to be Eric Lindros all over again. Listen, Hes not on my team either. I hate him since hes not.. as much as any other player NOT on my team. Did he come into the leaugue flopping all over the place? Yeah he did! Did he whine and complain at the beginning of his career?  Of course he did. He doesnt do it anymore though. Well not as much as he did when he was new to the league. Every player does a little of that now and again. Anybody saying that they hope he doesnt come back is an idiot. The NHL needs him to be the poster boy. They are better with him in the league. Wishing for him to retire or wishing him dead is utterly retarded. Anybody wishing him harmed is retarded. This is a human being for christ sakes. He talented and when he plays, He is the BEST PLAYER in hockey deal with it. I would rather beat the Penquins with him in the lineup then with him out of the lineup. It makes it a little bit sweeter if ya know what I mean. Get healthy Sid. The NHL needs you! With that being said... Go Flyers!!!Sealed



Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 9:48 am
 

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

So what is so bad about band-wagon fans? I don't quite get it? Btw, what is the other band-wagon city?
Igloo; you may be posing a rhetorical question but the answer is there is nothing wrong with band wagon fans. They may be temporary in nature but I appreciate almost all fans that choose to root for the Steelers, Penguins, or Pirates even if it is only for a season or two.

The Pittsburgh fanbase is solid and extends what beyond of the Greater Pittsburgh area. Many are former Burghers or people that have ties to the Burgh. But there are spme that have no ties to the city or its team - yet have been long time fans who by definitiion are not band wagon fans. I embrace the idea of having a worldwide fanbase. There are Pittsburgh Steeler fans in Mexico and in Europe. Some of those fans don't even speak English - that is cool.

Most of the carping about band wagon fans just comes from envy. The Steelers may not win a Lombardi every year; the Penguins may not win a Stanley Cup and the Pirates well enough said. They will always have their fans; the numbers may drop pff as fair weather fans choose only to appear when they are winning. For me, I am with them win or lose... from a Washington Nationals band wagon fan. Wink





Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 9:27 am
 

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

Just keep in mind, there is a reason your city has been labeled one of the two biggest band-wagon sports cities in the country.

I've been following sports for a looooong time and never heard about this or realized it except coming from trolls. So what is so bad about band-wagon fans? I don't quite get it? Btw, what is the other band-wagon city? I haven't got a clue. But I don't know why people support the Pirates after 18 consrcutive losing seasons and the owner won't sell the team because he makes money. Yes. I guess your right. We just want winners! But everybody does, don't they? Isn't that why the Yankee's and Rangers go out and try to buy themselves a championship every year? Some people have alot nerve and haven't got a clue about sports in reality. The guy doesn't live in Pittsburgh but he knows all about the city and the people? Please quit embarrassing youself. Your looking like a jack ass!Wink

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DawgMeat
Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 7:33 am
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Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 7:14 am
 

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

Alright is the broken neck is healed why is this a story?  So tired of hearing about him; get better or go away, hockey will survive without you.  Though it is a better game when you're on the ice.


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