Penguins' Crosby continues to make progress; no decision on status yet
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Penguins center and captain Sidney Crosby has had some symptoms this summer as he recovers from a concussion, but they had been anticipated, and overall Crosby and the team are happy with his progress, general manager Ray Shero said late Sunday night.
"I talked to Sid over the weekend, and I've been in touch with his doctors," Shero said. "I think he's progressed very well this summer.
"He's had some symptoms at times, which is typical of his injury."
Shero said despite a Twitter report that Crosby would not be ready for the Penguins' Oct. 6 season opener at Vancouver, nothing has been determined about when Crosby will play.
"Absolutely not," Shero said.
Crosby will need to be cleared for contact and then for games at some point. Shero said the important thing is Crosby's long-term health.
"He will not be asked to play or pushed to play or cleared to play one minute before he's ready to play," Shero said. "That said, he's come a long way this summer."
Shero said Crosby's occasional lingering symptoms are a product of the intense workouts that the 24-year-old former NHL scoring champion and MVP is known for and that Crosby continues to work out on and off the ice.
Crosby was diagnosed with a concussion Jan. 6 after taking hits to the head in consecutive games. He did not play again last season. He reached the point of practicing without contact until late April, when he stopped skating because of headaches that later were thought to perhaps be sinus related.
Shero said Crosby will be evaluated when he returns to Pittsburgh sometime before training camp, which opens in mid-September.
"We'll see where he is a month," Shero said.
First Published August 15, 2011 12:32 am