Penguins: Crosby still experiencing concussion symptoms

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Penguins center and captain Sidney Crosby continues to do light workouts and still is experiencing concussion symptoms, coach Dan Bylsma said today.

It was the first update on the team's top player since Crosby spoke publicly Dec. 12, saying he had some headaches and other symptoms but had passed an ImPACT neurocognitive test and was optimistic he would not be out for as long as he initially was with the injury.

He was diagnosed with a concussion Jan. 6 and did not play for more than 10 months. He returned to great fanfare Nov. 21 and played eight games before being pulled back out of the lineup. He has not played since Dec. 5 and has not resumed skating.

It's not known whether Crosby is experiencing problems related to the initial concussion or has a new injury.

In other injury updates, Bylsma said defenseman Kris Letang, who also has a concussion, is feeling better. Letang has not begun to skate. Rookie defenseman Robert Bortuzzo, another concussion patient, increased his workout intensity today and is expected to begin skating Thursday.

Defenseman Paul Martin, who has an undisclosed injury, and forward Richard Park, who has a broken foot, could join the Penguins for their morning skate Thursday.

Martin, Park and forward Dustin Jeffrey skated today before the Penguins practiced at Southpointe. Jeffrey was in full gear for the first time. He has been dealing with a setback following spring knee surgery.

Shelly Anderson: , 412-263-1721 or Twitter @pgshelly First Published December 28, 2011 5:00 AM


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