Share This Page

Pens' Crosby to meet with medical team

Center Sidney Crosby will visit with his medical team Tuesday to determine if he is ready for contact.

Crosby, out of NHL games since Jan. 5 because of a concussion, is scheduled to meet with Michael Collins, a clinical neuropsychologist who heads the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program, the Penguins confirmed Monday night.

Crosby is not expected to play for the Penguins in their home opener Tuesday night against the Florida Panthers at Consol Energy Center.

Collins has overseen Crosby's treatment from the start and will determine if he can return to contact situations in practices — the next step as Crosby prepares for his anticipated return to games.

Crosby has not missed a scheduled practice dating to the start of training camp Sept. 17. He traveled with the Penguins to Western Canada last week, and said prior to that trip he would likely meet with his medical team upon his return.

Ted Carrick, a Florida-based chiropractor who specializes in neurological treatment, is also part of Crosby's concussion team — though he was not referred to Crosby by Collins. It is not known if Carrick will also evaluate Crosby on Tuesday.

The Penguins have not set a timetable for Crosby's return to games, though there is a general feel within the organization that the face of the franchise is doing better now than at any point during his recovery.

The Penguins (2-0-1, 5 points) face the Panthers at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night. It is not known if center Evgeni Malkin (undisclosed lower-body injury) will play.

Malkin, coming off right knee surgery last February, did not play Sunday at Edmonton.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.