Internet reports on Crosby's health irk agent

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After another report that Penguins captain Sidney Crosby may not be ready for the start of the season because of concussion symptoms, his agent, Pat Brisson, released a terse statement Monday night:

"Sidney hasn't been shut down by anyone. He has simply adjusted his summer program according to the different needs for the appropriate recovery.

"Training camp is three weeks from now. It is too premature to speculate all kinds of deliberate information at this point.

"Sidney will address the media at the appropriate time in order to give everyone an update. As far as I know training camp hasn't started yet."

The new report, on the website of Canadian network CTV, said that Crosby's concussion symptoms have returned and that he has canceled on-ice workouts in his native Nova Scotia, where he is spending the summer.

It said he will not report for training camp.

The report is similar to a Twitter report eight days earlier that was refuted by Penguins general manager Ray Shero, although Shero acknowledged that Crosby was experiencing unspecified symptoms when he ramped up his workouts to an intense level.

He said no decisions about Crosby's timetable have been made.

Crosby was diagnosed with a concussion Jan. 6 and sat out the rest of last season.

He has not spoken publicly since April.

Adams recovering

Penguins forward Craig Adams had a laproscopic appendectomy Friday and his recovery is expected to take about four weeks.

He should be ready for the start of training camp next month.

Adams, who re-signed with the Penguins earlier this summer, spent most of the offseason in Pittsburgh.

Preseason ticket sales

Single-game tickets for the first two preseason home games -- Sept. 21 against Detroit and Sept. 22 against Chicago -- will go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Tickets will be available online at, at the Consol Energy Center box office, at Ticketmaster locations or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

The team's third preseason home game -- Sept. 24 against Minnesota -- will be the annual "Free game for kids."

The team will distribute 18,000 tickets, mostly through local youth hockey organizations.

Shelly Anderson: or 412-263-1721.


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