Crosby to practice Monday after weekend medical appointment

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LOS ANGELES -- Penguins center and captain Sidney Crosby left the team to attend a doctor's appointment in Pittsburgh. He is expected to practice Monday when he team returns from the West Coast. Sunday is a scheduled day off.

Coach Dan Bylsma said Crosby chose this schedule because he didn't want to miss a team-building event scheduled for next week.

Crosby has been out since early January because of a concussion. He was cleared for practice in September and for contact in October, and there has been speculation he might return to the lineup Friday when the Penguins face Dallas at Consol Energy Center.

"There's no timetable. There's no date [for his return]. No point in the future we're talking about yet," Bylsma said. "Just a scheduled appointment."

Meanwhile, defenseman Paul Martin did not participate in the morning skate at Staples Center. Bylsma said Martin might play. If not, he will be replaced by rookie Robert Bortuzzo.

Martin was one of several players who did not practice Friday. The nature of any injury Martin has was not immediately known.

Shelly Anderson: , 412-263-1721 or Twitter @pgshelly


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