Crosby: Can't rule out possibility of season being over
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Penguins star center Sidney Crosby today said he couldn't rule out being out for the rest of the season because of his concussion, but he hopes to return before that becomes the case.
"You know what? That could happen," Crosby said of missing the rest of the season. "But am I sitting here packing it in? No. I hope I'm back and, geez, I hope I play this year.
"But that's the thing with these things. You don't know. There's no time frame. I'm expecting to play this year. I'm sure there's a thousand different things being said out there, and [him being out for the season] is one of them, but I expect to be playing."
Crosby, who has been out since Jan. 6 and was the NHL's leading scorer at that time, just returned from a vacation in a warm location with his parents. He said the trip was on doctor's orders.
"It's not the easiest thing to come in every day hoping to do something," he said. "It's great that everyone asks how you're doing, but I think it's just a constant reminder that you're not playing, that you're injured. Sometimes it's just kind of good to get away from that a bit."
Crosby said he continues to get better but is not recovered.
"It's just slow," he said. "That's the tough part. The progression is improving, but it's at a slower rate than I'd want it to be. But it's out of my control.
"You just hope that [things will get back to normal] with time, and the quicker, the better. There's no timetable whatsoever. It's impossible to gauge or really put a number of days or a timetable on it."
First Published February 10, 2011 12:48 pm