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Crosby cleared for contact, could play on Sunday

Posted on: March 6, 2012 12:22 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2012 2:32 pm
 
Crosby has two goals and 10 assists in eight games this season. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

Sidney Crosby has one again been cleared for contact and could be returning very soon. How soon? Perhaps as soon as Sunday.

"I'll give myself days with contact," Crosby said. "We have two more practices this week. No sooner than Sunday, I would say, but I'm not going to sit here and put a date on it. It would be total guesswork. I just want to make sure I get through these days fine and that would be a great decision to make if I get to that point.

"The big step is contact. Hopefully, I can do that for a few days and get back out there."

If he does make his return on Sunday it will come against the Boston Bruins -- NBC already has it scheduled to be the national game of the week. The interesting angle there, of course, is that it was against the Bruins that Crosby played his last game.

Crosby has been practicing with his Penguins teammates for a while but there were no updates coming from the Penguins about his status until after the team's skate on Tuesday. That's when Crosby revealed he has been cleared.

You'll remember that Crosby played eight games earlier this season after sitting out for nearly a full year because of a concussion. He returned to the sideline later with what many were assuming was another concussion. It was later discovered that Crosby had a neck issue that was causing many of the problems since its symptoms can be very similar to those of a concussion.

If -- and this remains an If until Crosby is able to return for an extended time -- he is healthy, is there any question that the Penguins will be one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup? They already have the second best record in the Eastern Conference with Crosby out for all but eight games thus far.

As he showed earlier this season, it shouldn't take long at all for him to get back into top form -- which makes him in my and plenty of other's opinions the best player in the league.

"I've been through this before. Contact is the big step," Crosby said. "It's nice to be symptom free, but it's not as fulfilling until you get out there. I just want to make sure that I take the right steps here and get back out there soon."

It might not be a great day for the rest of the league per se, but it's a great day for hockey.

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Comments

Since: Jun 19, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 4:36 pm
 

Crosby cleared for contact, could play on Sunday

I by no means like Sydney Crosby, do i feel that he is one of the top ten most talented players of all time??? Yes, but i hope for the games sake that he is healthy again, even though that means my beloved Wings will get even less press. I sincerely hope he is okay and not the second coming of Pat Lafontaine.



Since: Mar 6, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 4:18 pm
 

Crosby cleared for contact, could play on Sunday

Haters....all of you



Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 3:22 pm
 

Crosby cleared for contact, could play on Sunday

Why would a team mentally fold because they lose their captain when it's happened twice in 14 months?

This is a team that has won a Stanley Cup and knows what it takes to do so. They know that with or without Sid it will be incredibly difficult especially if you get injuries to key players.

Letang out is a huge problem but at some time or other this season, all of the Penguins' top six defenders have been out. 

Remember, the Pens lead the league in games lost to injury.

Last year they played without Crosby, Malkin and Staal for significant periods.

This isn't a team that is going to think, "Crosby's back we'll win the Cup."

The Wings, Rangers, Bruins, Flyers and pretty much every other team that makes the playoffs could cause them problems. Heck, they were lucky to beat the Coyotes on Monday.

It seems that now Crosby's back, the non-Pens fans are looking for another excuse for why they won't go deep. We're all too aware that one hit could knock him out again and if it does, we'll have to adapt. It's what good teams do. 



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 3:21 pm
 

Crosby cleared for contact, could play on Sunday

No offence, but I'm going to take Doc's word over a bunch of people playing pretend doctors on a message board.  If they say he's ready to come back.  Then you have to assume they have reasons for saying that.  Hopefully it works out better then last time.  Only the most pathetic of the hockey world want to see this kids career end. 



Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 3:21 pm
 

Crosby cleared for contact, could play on Sunday

Those were jokes?



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 3:13 pm
 

Crosby cleared for contact, could play on Sunday

what benefit is there in waiting another 7 months?
Then what benifit was there in him sitting out any games?

Just slap em on and go out there kid. 

Have a Lindrossy day. 



Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 3:06 pm
 

Crosby cleared for contact, could play on Sunday

Question for all those telling Sid to wait until next season to come back: 

If he is medically cleared to return to hockey at this moment, what benefit is there in waiting another 7 months? It's not like he can rehab his brain like he could with a torn ACL or broken bone.  



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:52 pm
 

Crosby cleared for contact, could play on Sunday

he better get his a$$ back in the line up, i just dropped $250 in vegas on the weekend that Pen's win it all...and i am not even a Pitts fan....

dont worry Sid i called Philly and told them to go easy on you and that they couldnt sign greg williams after he gets booted from the nfl.... no bounties in hockey rrrright?


all jokes aside, i hope he is healthy cause if he isnt this might be his last chance to comeback!   



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:51 pm
 

Crosby cleared for contact, could play on Sunday

puckedup: The same "smart" doctors cleared him to play last time. Do you remember how that went?



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:50 pm
 

Crosby cleared for contact, could play on Sunday

Steckel Cheap Shotted Sid and that is very apparent on the video for those that care to see the reality of the hit!
I watched that game, and there was nothing wrong with that hit.  You are a crybaby. 


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