Penguins captain Sidney Crosby expected to make a full recovery
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Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has been visiting leading concussion specialists around the country and is expected to make a full recovery, the team announced tonight on its website.
The release said, however, that there is no timetable for when he will reach full recovery from his concussion, which was diagnosed Jan. 6 and sidelined him for the rest of last season and the playoffs.
"I appreciate all the support I've received from my family, friends, teammates and fans and from the entire Penguins organization," Crosby said in the statement. "I know they only want the best for my health, and for me to be fully ready when I return to game action."
The team said Crosby was training on- and off-ice but began having headaches again when he reached 90 percent exertion. His workouts then were altered accordingly.
The Penguins open training camp Sept. 16 and the regular season Oct. 6, but his agent, Pat Brisson, said it's not known if Crosby will be ready for those.
"We would appreciate patience and understanding at this time," Brisson said. "There has been a lot of speculation swirling over the past several weeks. We wish we could provide more specific details about Sidney's recovery, but a concussion is a different kind of injury. It's not something you can check with an x-ray. And you can't predict a precise recovery period. It's all about the way he feels.
"He has been feeling a lot better but we want to give him all the time he needs to make a full recovery. He's only 24, and he's got a lot of great years ahead of him."
First Published August 24, 2011 11:01 pm