Crosby practices with Penguins, return to games still uncertain



Penguins center Sidney Crosby, whose jaw was broken by a deflected shot March 30, practiced with his teammates today at Southpointe for the first time since being injured.

That was a major step in his recovery, but Crosby still isn't sure when the next and most important one -- a return to the lineup -- will happen.

He won't be able to do that until he receives clearance from the medical people overseeing his recovery, but made it clear he will be back "as soon as they say I can play."

Crosby back on the ice with long-distance fans in stands

Some long-distance fans turned out to see Penguins center Sidney Crosby, whose jaw was broken by a deflected shot March 30, practice with his teammates for the first time since being injured. (Video by Doug Oster; 4/26/2013)

That won't happen for the Penguins' regular-season finale against Carolina Saturday night at Consol Energy Center, but Game 1 of their first-round playoff series, which figures to take place Wednesday at home, hasn't been ruled out.

Crosby went through the 45-minute workout wearing not only his usual visor, but a wide plastic bar that protects the lower portion of his face.

He conceded that the additional protection can be an impediment when he's handling the puck.

"You're definitely trying to find something that's going to protect you," he said. "But at the same time, you want to be able to see the puck. ??? That might change, depending on if I find something (better)."

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First Published April 26, 2013 7:00 PM


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