We always hear about injuries at the end of a playoff round once teams are eliminated, but typically, those injuries are to guys who were playing with broken bones and sprains and that sort of thing. But for the Pittsburgh Penguins, their most shocking injury update is to a player who hasn't played a game since January. He just so happens to be the NHL's biggest star, too.
Sidney Crosby announced on Friday, his team's locker clean-out day at CONSOL Energy Center, that he recently suffered a setback in his recovery from a concussion that caused him to stop taking no-contact morning skates with the team.
Via the Penguins website, here's what Crosby had to say to reporters:
I started to get some symptoms, probably a week and a half ago, whenever I stopped skating. I started trying to ramp things up a bit as far as working out and skating, and I got a little bit of symptoms. So I had a setback, (headaches) and all the stuff that goes along with it. The progression had gone pretty well, but at the same time I still wasn't ready.
I feel like, from where I was a couple months ago, things were a lot better. Just being able to skate was encouraging. Hopefully, the next step doesn't have any hurdles and I can get ready for next season as usual.
Concussions are tricky. There's no set protocol on how to treat them, and depending on the severity the symptoms can linger for a long time. The best way to cure them is simply with rest, and the hope is that Crosby didn't push himself too far back when he ramped up his workouts in the last month or so.