Sidney Crosby has been cleared to practice, but only without contact. The Pittsburgh Penguins captain will also not participate in scrimmages. Crosby has been out since January when he suffered blows to the head in consecutive games and experienced post-concussion symptoms afterward.
"I’m cleared to practice without contact. That’s good news for me. I’m excited to get going," said Crosby, who continues to recover from a concussion suffered in early January. "Whatever symptoms I’ve had have been pretty minimal. To be able to get cleared to do this is good."
The return to practice is a significant step for Crosby, even if he's not allowed to participate fully. As coach Dan Bylsma pointed out, Crosby should basically be at the same speed as his teammates once he is cleared to fully practice.
Crosby was enjoying a Hart-trophy contending season when he went out. Through 41 games, he had scored 32 goals and had 34 assists. His 66 points still managed to lead the team.