Crosby leaves team to see concussion specialist

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Penguins center and captain Sidney Crosby, who said Friday that he is still experiencing some trouble with motion and balance, will be seen this week in Atlanta by Ted Carrick, a concussion specialist in chiropractic neurology.

In August, Carrick treated Crosby, who said treatments, including time in a gyroscope-like machine, helped.

Penguins general manager Ray Shero called the time Crosby will spend with Carrick "a good thing" and nothing to worry about.

He said Crosby did not have a setback after skating Friday and Saturday. That was his first time on the ice since he left the lineup in early December because of a recurrence of concussion symptoms.

Shero said it's possible Crosby will be put through some of the specialized exercise treatment he had during the summer, and that Crosby could also skate during his time in Atlanta. There is no timetable for Crosby to return to the club, but it could be as early as next week.

Carrick was out of the country until recently, and Crosby already was south with the team during its two-game weekend trip to Florida. He did not travel back to Pittsburgh with the Penguins.

"We're very fortunate [Carrick] was able to do this," Shero said.

Crosby missed nearly 11 months because of a concussion that was diagnosed Jan. 6, 2011. He played eight games in his return before coming back out of the lineup.

Shelly Anderson: , 412-263-1721 or Twitter @pgshelly First Published January 16, 2012 5:00 AM


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