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Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:03 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 2:06 pm

By Brian Stubits

Just like that, Sidney Crosby watch is back on.

The Penguins announced last week they were going to withhold their superstar for two games as a precaution after Crosby said he wasn't feeling 100 percent following a loss to the Boston Bruins. We then shared that there were rumblings he could be out for longer than those two games.

That's definitely the case now. Caution will continue to be the word of the week as Crosby is going to remain on the sidelines for the time being.

"Not [feeling] bad," Crosby said. "I'm not happy about watching. But I have to make sure with these sort of things that I'm careful and making sure I'm 100 percent before coming back. No timetable."

"It's frustrating for Sid," coach Dan Bylsma said. "Sid knows his body better than anyone else. He's not feeling 100 percent. He'll return when he is 100."

If you're a Crosby and/or Penguins fan, you have to be worried about more post-concussion symptoms for the Kid.

"I did my ImPACT test and it went pretty good. That was a good sign. It's much different than previously going through that stuff. That was encouraging. I skated following day after with exertion. I just didn't feel right. After talking with everyone I figured it was better to be cautious and not take any chances. That's where I'm at right now.

"The ImPACT isn't everything. You have to listen to your body on these things too. That was encouraging. My ImPACT was much, much worse after I did it in January. This is something I have to be careful with."

If people weren't holding their breath before, they should be now.

"Yes [I've had symptoms the last couple days]. If I didn't I wouldn't be practicing.

"I've been doing light exertion stuff and seeing how that goes. It's that whole (recovery) routine again, but hopefully not as long. When I wasn't doing something for 6, 7 months that process was a little longer. Hopefully, that's not the case here."

When Crosby came back, the concerns people had didn't revolved around how he'd be as a player, but how he'd respond when he took another hit. The culprit in this case appears to be an inadvertent elbow to the head from David Krejci a week ago. While the tests didn't reveal a concussion, if he is feeling the symptoms again, it might as well be.

To scare Penguins fans even more, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review points out that a lot of players have passed the ImPACT test only to be diagnosed with a concussion later.

So that's one of many questions at this point. Did Crosby actually suffer another concussion or did he have a setback? Crosby doesn't know how a doctor would call it, but he knows how he labels it.

"I don't even think frustrating begins to describe it," Crosby said.

Could we be looking at another long absence before he's 100 percent and able to return?

"I have a pretty good idea of these things now and I know this is not where I was before, so that is encouraging," Crosby said.

It certainly is, but the question is how much further along is he? He said he's better than he was in August, but remember that he didn't come back until mid-November. So that means Crosby Watch is back on.

Unfortunately, this is likely how Crosby's career will go from now on. He'll never get over the concussions that kept him out for almost a year. He might one day physically, but the questions will forever persist any time that Crosby takes a hit.

Here is video of the full interview.

Photo: Getty Images

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Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:06 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

I may root for the team on the other end of PA, but I hope Sid recovers and is able to return soon.  No one roots for injuries, he's good for hockey, and he's one heck of a player.  Get well soon, Sid. 

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 9:50 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

This is a major blow to the NHL. First of all to lose a great talent. It is looking more and more like Crosby's time in the NHL is going to be short, and with his talent, he could have been one of the all time greats. This could drop the Penguins in the power ratings also, since he is a major part of their offense. Second of all, he is a major draw where ever he plays.

It is ironic that just a small collision brought back the concussion symptoms, and he should be thinking about the long term effects to his quality of life, over that of a hockey career. Multiple concussion syndrome is not a good way to end life, with the depression, the early onset dimentia, possibility of a parkinsons like syndrome, and other mental health problems that it can cause.

The NHL has got to step it up on the rules to hits in the head, and severly punish players that cause head injuries (Matt Cooke for one)

Since: Mar 20, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 9:46 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

4-1 boys..Go Red Wings.

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 9:11 pm

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

THEGUP....grow up loser.  I am a Wings fan...and you are completely ignorant to say something like that.

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:09 am

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

This is exactly the life this whinning POS deserves after not shaking the Red Wings hands. The hockey gods see all.

Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:48 am

This is just nuts !

"It's frustrating for Sid," coach Dan Bylsma said.Yeah ? Tough titty.Take your millions and go do whatever else you want in life.Look at Mohamed Ali.Look at Keith Primeau,Derick Boogaard,etc,etc.Listen to every neurologist on the planet when they say once that egg is cracked there`s no uncracking it.So far,at least at this point in time,Sid`s able to do whatever else life has to offer,and most importantly,still enjoy life.Take it.I`ve had throat cancer.Destroyed my ability to eat,drink and taste.I`d KILL for a drink of cola and a piece of pizza again,not to mention hundreds if other things people take for granted every day.Never again.Sid will end up in the same type of boat.He dosen`t have to.Take it from me kid,life`ll throw you it`s own curveball soon enough,don`t do it to yourself.Go golfing.I don`t even have the strength to do THAT most days.Go golfing kid.Have a pizza and pop for me after.Enjoy your millions and your life.Ask Ali or Primeau if you don`t believe me.You really,really don`t know how good you`ve got it `till it`s gone :(

Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 2:57 am

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

Looks like kinda karma Looks like karma. Matt Cooke took out Savard with a cheap shot and pretty much ruined his career , and now a little tap by a bruin and Cindy is down for the count again , his career is over he will keep getting concussions ( even if he got hit with a pillow ) he is like Lindros and Savard they will just keep coming

Since: Nov 4, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 2:26 am

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

I would love to see Sidney Crosby playing again, but I can"t even begin to express how happy I am that he is admitting that he is injured, possibly permanently.  Maybe this will be the inspiration that other professional athletes need to protect themselves and their futures.

Not likely, but I wish for the very best of all athletes injured as they play. 

Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:29 am

Let it go, Life is to short!

Okay I have to admit I hate to say this but Crosby needs to retire. I wish him well and wish that he could play on however he has head injuries and he is a human being not a robot. If he keeps on getting hit in the head he won't know who he is when he gets older. He is rich and I know he really wants to play but come on lifes to short to keep getting hurt and end up a vegetable. I know all our fans are going to cuss me and call me names but time has come to give up. Just like another Pittsburgh great Troy Polamalu and I'm a diehard Steelers fan but come on they both got enough money let it go before it becomes life threating... I hope I'm wrong but I'm just looking out for the players.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:02 am

Crosby still out, has 'no timetable' for return

Did anyone say Eric Lindross. Agree with many he needs to consider a future off the ice. Sad. Love to watch him play. Maybe one more chance and then hang em up at the professional level. Has he been hanging out with Harrison there in Pitt? Not funny but my point is who is the classier professional that may have his career ended earlier and who desrves it. Just sayin.

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