Sidney Crosby Injury Will Keep Him Out Of Penguins Road Trip

The Sidney Crosby injury hiatus is nearing an end, but just don't expect a return to the ice immediately. The Penguins star said Monday he will not play on Pittsburgh's west coast road trip this week.

There is no date scheduled for his return, but Crosby said he has not felt any lingering effects of the concussion in full-contact practice, which he resumed on Oct. 13. Crosby has not played since suffering a concussion on Jan. 5.

Crosby offered an update on his status on Monday. Quotes via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

"It's not just an automatic thing to go through hitting. It's a big step, and I just want to make sure I get through that well. That's the most important thing, however long it takes. I just want to make sure it goes well, and I'm giving myself the best chance to make sure I can handle it. 

"Sometimes you're fighting for pucks, you're battling (in) corners and you get hit sometimes when you don't expect it, you're trying to handle the puck and you don't look for someone — all that stuff is much different than being prepared (for) a one-on-one-battle."

This week, the Penguins have tough dates against a pair of Western Conference contenders, the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings.

For more on Crosby and the Pens, check out SB Nation Pittsburgh and SB Nation's Pittsburgh Penguins blog PensBurgh.

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