Tag:Sidney Crosby Recovery
Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:41 am
Edited on: October 14, 2011 6:43 am

Sidney Crosby 'cleared for full contact'

By Brian Stubits

When Sidney Crosby took to the ice with his Penguins teammates on Thursday for their morning skate, something stood out. His helmet was the same black color as his teammates, meaning he has been cleared for contact. The change in helmet color was sign enough, but then Crosby confirmed it himself after the skate.

"I'm cleared for full contact, he said. "I've been good since around camp. Everything has gone really smooth."

This is a huge step in his recovery and now means we aren't that far from seeing him return to games -- relatively speaking. He has been taking part in team practices wearing a white helmet to signify no contact as he has been on a long road to recovery from a concussion suffered last January.

"When you've waited this long, you want to make sure you do everything right," Crosby said when asked if it is tough being patient. "It's exciting if anything. I don't think it's hard to be patient at this point. I'm getting closer and just want to make sure I respond to everything well here in the next however long it is."

Now, we still likely won't get a timetable for a return to playing. The Penguins will continue to do what they have been, and that's using patience and extreme caution. But I don't think there is any question that being cleared to hit and be hit was the biggest hurdle for him to clear physically.

"I thinks it's up to how I respond to getting hit, so I guess it's up to me," Crosby said. "We'll just have to see at that point.

"Its a big step but we'll see how things go. I've got to get hit in practice. Today wasn't hitting so it didn't feel any different. I've got to get hit here at some point during practice, but we're playing so much it's hard to get hit right now."

So who will be the first one to actually hit him? Your guess is as good as mine. I can't imagine any player will want to hit the star for fear of setting him back again. But coach Dan Bylsma thinks it won't be long before Crosby makes somebody want to hit him.

"Sid's the type of player that he instigates contact," Bylsma said. "He'll do something that will warrant that from a player. He'll go out and do something. ... I think every training camp when Sid's been healthy he's always ended up in some kind of jostling where the ire's gotten up on both guys and that'll happen again because of the way Sidney competes."

While his teammates have done their best to protect their captain during practice, Crosby has admitted to some jostling at times with no recurrence of the symptoms that have sidelined him since taking head shots in consecutive games in early January.

Bylsma says he may try to find some extra practice time for Crosby to help get him acclimated but added Crosby's participation in nearly every drill during training camp means Crosby might not have that much further to go.

"He's been with the line, he's been in drills, he's covered some drills that have contacted," Bylsma said. "He was wearing a different color helmet but he's been in those situations."

Sorry Jeremy Roenick, but expect to hear a lot more about Crosby after this development.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Posted on: October 12, 2011 2:35 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2011 1:26 pm

Jeremy Roenick doesn't want to hear about Crosby

By Brian Stubits

You know one person who is fed up with the Sidney Crosby talk? Jeremy Roenick.

Last night on the Versus extra postgame show NHL Overtime, which was preceded by NHL Live (I was waiting for "NHL After Dark" to come on next) he let everybody know about it. Clearly, J.R. has been pushed over the edge by questions about the recovery of probably the world's greatest hockey player.

Throughout that entire rant, I focus on Roenick's fellow talking head Ed Olczyk, watching to see if his will truly explode. At one point you really think he's going to raise his arms and try and strangle Roenick. The entire show had that tension hanging around. Let's just say there are a few kinks to iron out and chemistry issues to work on.

To the debate at hand: Roenick is speaking for a lot of fans on this one. While in his full-on crusade against asking questions, his tirade probably hits home with some. The Sidney Crosby talk has, indeed, been a bit wearisome.

But to not ask any questions at all? That's when things start getting out of hand. Case in point: Over the summer when Crosby was not doing interviews and no word came from his camp for months, I was beginning to hear serious rumors Crosby was going to retire. In the last week the drum was beating on Crosby possibly getting cleared for contact on Tuesday.

Without asking Crosby, those things fester and spiral out of control. The irony of it is that the insanity of so many updates on him and hearing him answer the questions actually keeps the recovery talk sane.

Plus, you know, Crosby is kind of a big deal. Just don't tell Jeremy Roenick about it.

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Posted on: October 10, 2011 8:36 pm
Edited on: October 11, 2011 4:16 pm

Sid to see docs this week, could get contact OK

By Brian Stubits

Rumors were beginning to circulate, again, last week that Sidney Crosby could be close to a return. Of course, that was about the seventeenth time that's happened in the past 10 months, but seeing as how Crosby has been doing non-contract skating with the Penguins lately, it seemed more realistic.

He could get some great news toward that end this week. Originally it was reported he would meet with his doctors on Tuesday where he could possibly be cleared for contact, but that meeting will now happen later this week, per Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Here is what Rossi's original story reported about the meeting with doctors.

[Clinical neuropsychologist Michael] Collins has overseen Crosby's treatment from the start and will determine if he can return to contact situations in practices -- the next step as Crosby prepares for his anticipated return to games.

Crosby addressed the situation himself on Tuesday, saying that he has a meeting this week, but it's nothing out of the ordinary.

Crosby said that he'd love more than anybody for the doctors to tell him he's OK to play, but that he has no clue when that could be. As far as how he's feeling, all he would say is that he feels better today than yesterday, whether that was used in a literal sense or more figurative, I'm not sure.

If -- a big if -- Crosby is given the green light for contact, then we might be able to truly set a timetable for his return. This will only be another step. Granted it would be a massive one if he is cleared, but it's still just another step. Don't expect to see him in the lineup for the Penguins' home opener Tuesday night against the Florida Panthers.

Crosby hasn't played in a game since January 5 against the Lightning a game after he suffered a concussion against the Capitals. In that time, there has never been any definite recovery date set.

But you can at least get a little excited Pittsburgh. There was also this from Rossi:

There is a general feel within the organization that the face of the franchise is doing better now than at any point during his recovery.

A somewhat coy Crosby seemed to back that part up in the above interview.

At this point, it's getting hard not to notice a lot of signs indicating things are getting better. And most every hockey fan agree -- even those that hate Crosby -- that his return is good for the game.

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