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Crosby has 'soft tissue injury'

Posted on: January 31, 2012 5:51 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2012 7:25 pm

By: Adam Gretz

The Pittsburgh Penguins issued a statement on Tuesday night that Sidney Crosby has a "soft tissue injury" to the neck area (not a fractured vertebrae) that could be causing neurological symptoms, and that an independent specialist found no evidence of a past or present fracture.

More from the Penguins statement:
Dr. Alexander Vaccaro is a spinal trauma expert at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and co-director of the Spinal Cord Center at Thomas Jefferson University. He is past president of the American Spinal Injury Association.

Crosby’s agent, Pat Brisson, along with Penguins owner Mario Lemieux and CEO David Morehouse traveled Monday morning to Philadelphia, where Vaccaro reviewed a CAT Scan and MRI taken last week by Dr. Robert S. Bray in Los Angeles. Bray diagnosed a neck injury.

Bray has treated Crosby with an injection to alleviate swelling in the C1-2 joint of the neck and will be overseeing his progression with therapists.

Doctors say the symptoms of a soft-tissue neck injury are similar to concussion symptoms.

Vaccaro, Bray and UPMC doctors all agree that Crosby is safe, the injury is treatable, and he will return to action when he is symptom-free.
Crosby and general manager Ray Shero spoke just before the Penguins game against the Maple Leafs, and after the 16-minute press conference had ended there were still no definitive answers as to when then injury occured, whether it's what is causing his symptoms and when (or if) he will play again for the Penguins this season.

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Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 3:55 pm

Crosby has 'soft tissue injury'

Hes like the Bo Jackson of Hockey. 

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:16 pm

Crosby has 'soft tissue injury'

Whatever world you are from, sir, it doesn't sound very prevelant with class or cleverness.

Since: Jan 25, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2012 7:39 pm

Crosby has 'soft tissue injury'

This is good news IMHO.  It explains why he has concussion like symptoms and still passed the IMPACT tests.  This injury is treatable and I am looking forward to his return.  The Pens will be a tough team to beat once we get Crosby and Staal back in the lineup.

Since: Mar 24, 2010
Posted on: February 1, 2012 5:41 pm

Crosby has 'soft tissue injury'

I'm so happy to see so many "sports" fans showing so much respect for the health of a human being.  Obviously, there are cities in this country where it is more important that the star player of an opponent is put out of action (possibly forever) than if the home team wins. I am one of many people who are not fans of the "great" (?) Tom Brady, but I would never wish him harm (especially an injury that could end his career or his life). Someone mentioned Mike Webster and I can only agree that others should look up his story. The difference is that Sid Crosby lives in an era in which we are beginning to understand the nature of head and spinal injuries. Mike Webster was living in the dark ages of such knowledge and unfortunately paid the highest price. At the end , were his 4 Super Bowl rings any solice to him ? I doubt that he even knew about them anymore.

Whether you root for a team or not should not influence your behavior as a member of the human race. Obviously, however, there are many of you out there who don't understand the difference between sports and real life. I don't care who wins this year's SB because I despise both teams (N.E. more than The Giants), but I hope that all the players involved finish the game without any serious injuries.

Since: Feb 12, 2010
Posted on: February 1, 2012 3:13 pm

Crosby has 'soft tissue injury'

For those of you who are saying he is soft for not playing through his injuries look up Mike Webster. I love most sports and pretty much all of the contact sports but they are all just games. These games aren't worth risking your well being over. Crosby as of right now because of his concussion(s) and his neck injury is one good hit away from becoming paralyzed and or a drooling tard and no game is worth, that so lay off....

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 3:08 pm

Crosby has 'soft tissue injury'

Appreciate the posts .  From what I've read about Crosby over the years.  I would guess very few people would be able to offer the first hand perspective on something like this as you have.  These days it's so easy for people to act tough, and play keyboard warriors knowing they won't have to answer, or face any consequences for what they type.  I can't help wondering how many of the people who are so quick to bash from the safety of their keyboards would be the first to crack if they would actually have to go through something like that themselves.  Good luck with your health moving forward.

Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2012 3:03 pm

Crosby has 'soft tissue injury'

WTF has Sidney Crosby done to make anybody not a fan? Expose Ovechkin? Too bad. That dude never shuts up so Crosby ate his lunch in the playoffs and has his Stanley Cup. As a result, Ovy is now a cry-baby who doesn't hit anymore. Caps fans deserve it for all the trash they talked due to a great regular season. Ha ha ha DC kids, you had a shot at a championship and you blew it. Don't expect to be getting another one anytime soon. See  Redskins, Capitals, Wizards, GW, Georgetown,  UMD, Delaware State, etc. etc.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 1:32 pm

Crosby has 'soft tissue injury'

NFCEASTFAN........I'm glad that you also see the humor in everyone thinking that he's not tough enough to get back on the ice.  And just to try and make everyone understand, that level is right below the base of the brain, there is NO room for error.  I really wish you guys would realize that questioning his toughness against other playerw who have had injuries is ludicris, especially since the game was not played at the same speed it is today and the injuries are not even equivalent to what Crosby is going through.

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:47 pm

Crosby has 'soft tissue injury'

californiason,  Only a Capital or Red Wing fan would be capable of making that king of a post.  You are clearly still upset over us winning the Cup a few years ago.  Fans like you are pathetic.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:45 pm

Crosby has 'soft tissue injury'

I am not a fan of Sidney Crosby, but you people questioning any NHL player's toughness behind keyboards is quite amusing....

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