Sidney Crosby is taking it slowly in his recovery from a concussion. He hasn't played an NHL game since January and there's apparently no immediate end in sight to that recovery, despite reports over the course of the summer that said he had begun his full, usual workout regimen.
His silence over the course of the offseason has only fueled the rumor mill, so with that in mind, the Penguins, Crosby and his agent, Pat Brisson, released a statement on the team website Wednesday night. The news isn't exactly what Pens fans (and hockey fans, for that matter) were hoping to hear.
When [Crosby] got to 90 percent exertion in his workouts, however, he started having some headaches again. At that point, his doctors and trainers altered his workouts accordingly.
He recently has visited specialists in Michigan and Georgia.
"We've had him see leading specialists because we want to make sure he gets the best care possible," Brisson said. "The Penguins always encourage their players to get second and third medical opinions and have been very supportive of this. And we've been talking to Ray Shero every step of the way."
The Penguins open training camp on Sept. 16 and play their first regular-season game on Oct. 6, but Brisson said Crosby's return won't be dictated by dates or games. He will play whenever he is ready - whatever that date may be.
Concussion specialists in multiple states, more headaches, "he'll play when he's ready." It's not what anybody wanted to hear, of course, but the good news is that the Penguins and the NHL aren't forcing him to play hockey before he's ready. He's clearly not ready now, and we don't know when he will be ready.
But at least he won't play before then.
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