While the NHL is in the middle of its showcase All-Star Weekend, startling injury developments regarding the face of the league surfaced on Saturday evening. Bob McCown and Elliotte Friedman reported that Pittsburgh Penguins' center Sidney Crosby has an injury to his C1 and C2 verterbrae. The diagnosis was made by Dr. Robert Bray, a neurological spine specialist in California who had not previously been involved with Crosby's treatment and rehab.
The CBC's Friedman spoke with Crosby's agent, Pat Brisson, who confirmed the injury and added that a third opinion is being sought.
"Sid did suffer a concussion, but last week, the possibility of two fractured vertebrae (C1 and C2) was discovered. A third doctor is being consulted to determine the exact diagnosis."
McCown added that Crosby should be healed in time for the playoffs, and added that the Penguins franchise center was unhappy with the Pittsburgh doctors who apparently missed the injury:
Drs expect Crosby to heal and be ready for playoffs. Unclear if he even suffered 2nd concussion. Sid said to be very unhappy with Pit docs.— Bob McCown (@FadooBobcat) January 28, 2012
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