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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: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 9:45 pm
 

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

Eric Fehr...a hero......he didn't get the memo not to touch the golden child......ah  ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha....i'm enjoying this skills competition tonite....WITHOUT CINDY....gotta love it !!!!


Are you laughing at yourself rttj? Because it would seem so. Eric Fehr? Try David Steckel. 



Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 9:03 pm
 

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

Crosby's latest woes is hinting that his career may be in limbo.  At least, his repertoire.  Not good for Penguins fans.  



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 9:02 pm
 

Sidney Crosby had vertebrae injury

Agreed on wtf is going on with musical experts and assessment.

Disagree on him playing again.
C1-C2 injury, if it happened, he is done.

A fracture of or between the atlas and the axis is not the same as other vertebrae. This can lead to cord shock symptoms for a long time. Additionaly isses include inflamed cartilage and nerve damage. Inflamation of the cartilage is the equivalent of arthritis.

Dude should take a pass, be an ambassador to the team and game...split insurance money with Mario...enjoy the rest of his life. 



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 8:38 pm
 

Crosby dealing with vertebrae injury

I'm more than a little skeptical.  Isn't this the same doctor who treated Sidney Crosby initially?  It's shocking that all of the specialists and team doctors could've missed an injury as shocking as a broken neck.  He has a reputation to protect, and the team needs to explain why their expensive star suddenly seems to be more brittle than grandma's teeth.

Oh, I think we'll see Crosby again, but these long concussion recoveries and bizarre diagnoses add up to one thing: it's looking like the end of Crosby's career.  Peter Forsberg, Pavel Bure, Marc Savard, Paul Kariya, Pat Peake, Pat LaFontaine, Mario Lemieux, Bobby Orr, Cam Neely- add Crosby's name to the list.


rttj39
Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 8:07 pm
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Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 7:53 pm
 

Crosby dealing with vertebrae injury

The Pens just released a statement saying Crosby's next injury is fully healed.



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 7:40 pm
 

Report: Crosby dealing with vertebrae injury

##......Evgeni Malkin IS and WAS the best player in hockey by light years...and that includes when Crosby was playing.......


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A clueless troll who has no knowledge of hockey     
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Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 7:34 pm
 

Report: Crosby dealing with vertebrae injury

Yeah, good advice Dr. The King. Where did you get your medical degree? Child Molestation U? Oh, I mean Penn State? Forget about the fractured back Sid and the headaches and the dizziness. Just rest this year and try it again next year. And this guy has the audacity to talk about the comments from the flyers and caps fans! I happen to be on disability because of a fracture in my back. And I don't get hit or skate in my job. But why should The King care? It is not HIS health and life at risk. Pathetic!


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Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 7:34 pm
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Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 7:32 pm
 

Report: Crosby dealing with vertebrae injury

Am I the only one taking this positively?

Sure cracked vertebrae is nothing to laugh at, but now we at least know what's been keeping Sid out. Surgery will be able to fix the two cracked vertebrae. And it is highly probable this neck injury has been affecting his concussion recovery as well. So now Sid can get the surgery, rest and recover, and return. 


Also, how the **** **** can a professional organization with access to top doctors miss an injury as severe as this? 


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