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Sidney Crosby Injury: Pittsburgh Penguins Star Cleared For Contact

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has been cleared for contact and could return to the lineup soon. The NHL's star player made the announcement following practice in Pittsburgh on Tuesday afternoon, according to NHL.com, although he reiterated that there's no timetable for his potential return to the lineup.

"I was cleared to do contact," Crosby said. "We'll see how that goes. There is no real timetable, but it's a good step. Hopefully, I can keep the momentum and get out there soon.

"I've been through this before. Contact is the big step. It's nice to be symptom free, but it's not as fulfilling until you get out there. I just want to make sure that I take the right steps here and get back out there soon."

Crosby certainly has been through this before. He made a triumphant return to the Penguins lineup back in October, but played only a handful of games before returning to the sidelines with concussion symptoms. Doctors seemed puzzled as to what ailed Crosby, and there were serious concerns about his status for several months.

There still are concerns, of course. After his brief return to action earlier in the season, those concerns will still exist even after he returns to the Penguins lineup -- whether that's next week, in the first round of the playoffs or next season. But in this case, the news is good. The best player in the world has been cleared for contact once again. Let's just hope there's not another setback.

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