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Source: Crosby cleared for off-ice workouts

Penguins center Sidney Crosby has been cleared to resume light, off-ice workouts, a source within the organization said Friday.

Crosby hasn't played since suffering a concussion Jan. 5 but is said to be improving in recent days.

Crosby acknowledged recently that he has been unable to exercise because of lingering issues from a hit by Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman. It remains unknown when Crosby will return to the lineup; it doesn't appear he'll be ready when games resume next week after the all-star break.

The symptoms he has dealt with, particularly bad headaches, are believed to be improving significantly. Otherwise, Crosby would not have been cleared for the light workouts, the source said.

Crosby had a commanding lead in the NHL scoring race but has relinquished his advantage — by one point — to Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos. Crosby was having a signature season before the injury, posting 32 goals and 66 points in 41 games.

The Penguins' other injured star, Evgeni Malkin, is still dealing with a sinus infection and sore knee. Coach Dan Bylsma said recently the sinus infection is the main reason why Malkin is out of the lineup; his return date also is unknown.

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