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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: Jan 28, 2012
Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:55 pm
 

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

When is the last time you looked at the standings?  #1 Pick?  Try 5th seed in the conference right now.  Why do you go making up things...jealousy?



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:29 pm
 

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

Pens 3 Cup wins in 20 years.

Wings 4 Cup wins in 20 years...

Flyers, Rangers, Capitals 1 win in the past 20 years....bahaha


dalton_dee
Since: Jan 28, 2012
Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:08 pm
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Since: Apr 11, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:04 pm
 

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

Loser... I'm sorry no one likes you. 



Since: Nov 13, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:02 pm
 

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

It's amazing how injury prone this guy is. I've never liked him because of his whinning and diving but when he plays he is amazing. I wish him the best but it appears as if another great player's career has been cut short but injuries. The good news for Pens fans is that their team is the best at tanking a season to get the #1 pick, I'm sure they could do it a third time. 



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:45 pm
 

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

WHY IS THIS GUY SO FRAGILE???  Always wondered why he has been known as "Cindy."  Wouldn't most guys just play through this?  Even a Pens player should.



Since: Mar 17, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:28 pm
 

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

like marc Savard he is done , they both should just retire 



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:14 pm
 

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

David Steckel u dope...



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:08 pm
 

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

Hate to see a great young talent like that be inflicted with so many injuries. Like him or not its better for the league with him playing.



Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 9:50 pm
 

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

Who knew how many doctors frequented the CBS boards?

So if he had an injury to his neck and it's healed now, why would he need surgery? Unless we're talking Peyton-type surgery.

I, too, am surprised this was missed but given no-one hear has his medical records, bit difficult to make accurate predictions about the future. 

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 salary back. 


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