IR length doesn't apply to Penguins' Crosby

| Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011

Center Sidney Crosby and winger Dustin Jeffrey won't have to wait the usual seven days to come off the NHL's injured reserve list, the Penguins confirmed Monday.

Crosby (concussion) and Jeffrey (right knee) were never taken off the list dating to last season. They were designated for injured reserve yesterday as part of a series of roster moves by the Penguins. Also on the injured reserve list are forward Nick Petersen and defensemen Robert Bortuzzo and Boris Valabik.

A player on the injured reserve must wait seven days before he can play, but if a player's designation carried over from the previous season, that term does not apply. This is the case with Crosby and Jeffrey — neither of whom will play Thursday when the Penguins open the season at Vancouver.

Technically, both players could dress for weekend games at Edmonton and Calgary, but that is unlikely given their current status.

Crosby, specifically, has not been cleared for contact participation in practices. He has not played since Jan. 5 because of a concussion, though he has shown marked progression since training camp opened. There remains no timetable for his return, though he expects to travel with the team Tuesday after practice at Consol Energy Center.

Jeffrey had surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right knee last February. He, too, is not ready for full practice participation.

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