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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: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 7:25 pm
 

Report: Crosby dealing with vertebrae injury

They must be kidding me! How in the hell can a supposed major league hockey team not know that Sid had a vertabrae fracture? Do they even have their own doctors? Maybe they just let Sid decide that he is feeling ok and they let him play. Call it a career Sid and walk away while you can still WALK AWAY.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 7:24 pm
 

Report: Crosby dealing with vertebrae injury

Take the year off kid, get healthy and give it one more try next season before calling it a career...

As usual prepare for moronic statements from caps, flyers, and wings fans who are simply jealous of the greatest player in the NHL.



Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 7:19 pm
 

Report: Crosby dealing with vertebrae injury

I putting the artile on the first post so people who read the thread won't have to see what is going on.  But this could put an end to a very promising career.  


hasn't appeared in a game for the 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 is 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."

Crosby had been in California this past week visiting spine specialist Dr. Robert 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 in dealing 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?

Earlier in the day on Saturday Penguins general manager Ray Shero remained hopeful that Crosby will play again this saeson.

"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's 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.




Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 7:19 pm
 

Report: Crosby dealing with vertebrae injury

Good Lord. Just retire already. Your fighting a losing battle.


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