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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: May 7, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 5:52 am

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

If it's not one thing,it's another in regards to Sid "The Kid" Crosby. First, it was the it's his vertabrae that's giving him the problem. If I were the Pens, I would shut him down for the remaining games left in the season or at least the NHL playoffs. The Pens should have no problem making the playoffs by season's end. The NHL seems to be doing OK as far as keeping the fans' attention by the recent response to the All-Star game as well as the tight race in the Central Division. 

Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 4:24 am

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

So the Pens get money back and financial flexibility? Thanks for agreeing with me.

Never mentioned what they'd do with it or what roster moves they'd make.

Given the amount of injuries the Pens have had this year, at times playing with a $20-25m roster, the NHL won't penalise them and it won't make much of a difference next year either.

Pens will get exemption, the trolls here will go wild. Excellent. 

Since: Jan 29, 2012
Posted on: January 29, 2012 3:48 am
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Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 3:38 am

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

*know. Listening to DFense spew his "facts" made me stupid for a minute...

Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 3:33 am

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

How would you that "sport" fits his personality unless you are watching it yourself you fairy? You better just worry about your own #8 and the side effects of coming off the roids...

Since: Nov 22, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 3:07 am

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

No worries Cindy fans, I checked with a few doctors and they say figure skating still possible with fractured vertebrae.  Stay on that ice Cindy.  That "sport" suits his personality much better.

Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:26 am

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

Always spot on with the comments Redwings1969.

Here's another FACT for you Dfence, the Penguins traded up with the Panthers to get Fleury. Oh and the year they got Staal the previous offseason they went out and got Sergei Gonchar, Ziggy Palfy who quit on the team during the middle of the season, John LeClair, Jocylen Thibault and they still had Lemieux so it wasn't like they tanked that season as well. They just plain stunk like the years before it.  

Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:19 am

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

LOL!!! Dfence wants to talk about FACTS but he fails to mention that the lottery was NOT equal for all the teams to win Crosby. The teams that had the poorer records during the season that was played prior to the work stoppage received more ping pong balls than the teams with the better records genius. Thus the Penguins had a better chance than most teams to win it!! Next time you want to spew your crap at least don't embarrass yourself and claim to talk about FACTS when clearly you wouldn't know a fact if it smacked you in the face.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:04 am

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

Either he comes back or he doesn't, if he can't this season, he goes on long-term IR and the Pens get a nice chunk of  back. 

Crosby can go on long term I.R but regardless of what the Pens "get back" the Pens don't get to completely replace his salary with anybody else without potentially affecting their team cap for next season.  LTIR isn't free, it allows a team some temporary flexibility and can use LTIR cash to go over the daily cap, but at the end of the season whatever they went over in total comes off next year's cap number.  That's why you've seen teams play a few games here and there in the cap era with 9 or 10 forwards and 5 dmen.  It's so they don't cut into the next season's team cap. 

Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 1:48 am

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

conspiracies are way cooler to believe anyway, to hell with facts

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