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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: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 1:38 am

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

why does this guy hate the pens sooo much?

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:59 am

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

Rod, when has the NHL EVER paid for a new arena? They didn't do it for the Devils when they were in financial trouble and built a new arena (Prudential Center). They didn't do it in Raleigh for the Hurricanes with the RBC Center. They didn't help the Blue Jackets with Nationwide. They didn't help the Predators with Bridgestone (formerly GEC). They didn't do it for the Wild with Xcel. They didn't do it for and the Coyotes. See a trend? The NHL doesn't pay for builing arenas. In fact, I might go as far as to say they aren't allowed to due to state rights and leasing agreements. 

Simply because the NHL didn't buy the Penguins a new arena doesn't mean they didn't rig a draft or bankroll them while they teetered on extinction from bankruptcy in the 80s.  

Since: Feb 4, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:49 am

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

The NHL gave Sidney Crosby as much to the Kansas City franchise as to the Penguins franchise

Gary Bettman did NOTHING - repeat - NOTHING to keep the Penguins in Pittsburgh

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:47 am

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

For what, exactly? Pointing out the obvious? Or should I whine and complain. Here:

oo freakin' whoooooooooooooooooooo! My team didn't get Crosby!"

Better? I couldn't care less if Crosby was on either of my teams. He isn't. He never was. He never will be. The NHL saw to that, and to say otherwise only proves that many of your fanbase refuse to admit that it was a BEST a little shady that they somehow landed that pick. It is what it is, a pick that was handed to a failing market that Bettman couldn't stand to see disappear. The NHL bank-rolled that franchise once, saving it from relocation or extermination, and they weren't going to allow that to be wasted. When they were presented their opportunity to ensure that a market with such tremendous income and exposure potential was re-energized, they took it. That was their course of action, and I am in no way whining about it. Just pointing out that the poster incorrectly attacked another poster. Of course, I also knew that all you fan-boys would get offended about me doing so. 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, and it's not because everyone hates you for having "good teams," or "great luck."  

Since: Feb 4, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:44 am

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

Hey - If the NHL was so keen on keeping the Penguins in Pittsburgh - why were they the only stakeholder NOT to put money into building the Pens a new arena????

Pittsburgh paid
Allegheny County paid
Pennsylania paid
The Penguins paid
Rivers casino paid (for some strange reason)
The NHL didn't give a dime......    &

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:36 am

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

Dfence, do you need a tissue?

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:31 am

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

The Penguins have notably been accused of tanking to get both the Mario Lemieux and Evgeni Malkin picks. Yes, the Penguins "lost" the lottery to the Washington Capitals, but everyone knew that it was a two-horse race for the next 100-point, rookie superstar between Malkin and Ovechkin. Evgeni Malkin was the best "consolation" prize in hockey draft history. The next season, the Penguins were in a lottery that gave all 30 franchises an "equal" chance to win the Crosby sweepstakes, yet by some act of God (or as many historians believe, an act of the Commish), the Penguins won. Both instances, the Penguins were all but relocated. Bankrupt and losing money. Losing fans to either the Pittsburgh Pirates circa Lemeiux draft or Pittsburgh Steelers circa Crosby/Malkin drafts, and the NHL needed to re-energize a failing market holding enormous pay-day potential. This was in a time before they were so ready and willing to relocate teams (although that remains exclusive to Southern franchises), and the NHL did everything in it's power, including, by MANY accounts from those associated, fudging the lottery to ensure Crosby ended up a Penguin. It is also well know that the Penguins saw they were going to miss the post-season in the Malkin and Lemeiux drafts and went on stunningly horrific tailspins that only the most clueless fan would believe was anything short of intentional tanking to get those players.

I never brought up Fleury, for what it's worth. Or Jordan Staal (2nd overall). But the Penguins have been historically known to, shall we say, forgo seasons to get high picks. The biggest black eyes on the organization is the Lemeiux tank job and the Crosby "30-team" lottery. If you honestly believe that all 30 teams had a chance to win that lottery, knowing that the NHL had already "saved" that franchise only a decade earlier and was failing again, as well as the history of underhanded dealings regarding the team, then you are simply blinded by homerism. 

Facts? Yes, the "facts" say it was a 30-team lottery, and the Penguins just HAPPENED to win the lottery for the "Next One" 20 years after Lemeiux was gift-wrapped through under-handed tanking, while back in financial troubles for the first time since 1983, despite having been a lottery team the few seasons prior. "Facts" say that the Penguins just underwent a massive tough-luck streak in 1983 and just happened to be rewarded for their troubles with the only player known to rival Wayne Gretzky in the world. "Facts" don't include visual observations of what really transpired. But carry on with your "facts" and telling everyone to "stop commenting." 

Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:25 am

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

Always wondered why he has been known as "Cindy." 

Hey dumbass, you know what messing with a fractured vertabrae could do? He could be messing paralysis or death. 

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:17 am

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

Please stop commenting when you do not know the facts...

Jagr was a 5th overall pick.

Malkin was 2nd since the Pens actually lost the lottery to the Caps.

Crosby was #1 thanks to Winning the draft lottery with all 30 teams.

The #3 pick and Mikael Samuleson were traded to FLA for the 1st pick which led to Fleury.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:11 am

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

He was reffering to the questionable manner in which the Penguins were afforded the luxury of drafting Mario Lemiux and Jaromir Jagr, then Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby. If you aren't aware of the situations surrounding both, I suggest you educate yourself a little more as to the history of your chosen franchise. 

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