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Crosby is seeking additional concussion opinions

| Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011

Sidney Crosby has visited concussion specialists in Michigan and Georgia this summer in an effort to learn what continues to cause a recurrence of headaches during workouts, the Penguins reported tonight on their website.

The statement contained the first public comments from Crosby since April 29.

"I appreciate all the support I've received from my family, friends, teammates and fans and from the entire Penguins organization," Crosby said. "I know they only want the best for my health and for me to be fully ready when I return to game action."

The statement said Crosby had been able to work out up to 90 percent exertion, including on-ice drills, before headaches resumed and workouts were altered.

Crosby has not played since Jan. 5 because of a concussion and concussion symptoms.

His agent, Pat Brisson, said in the statement that Crosby has seen "leading specialists because we want to make sure he gets the best care possible."

Crosby had been treated exclusively by Dr. Michael Collins of UPMC. Collins heads UPMC's renowned concussion program.

Brisson said in the statement the Penguins "always encourage their players to get second and third medical opinions and have been very supportive of this."

"And we've been talking to (Penguins general manager) Ray Shero every step of the way," Brisson said.

Shero has said multiple times during the summer that he has not spoken regularly with Crosby about his concussion symptoms.

Brisson said in the statement that "we've never even set a specific goal for a return date like the start of training camp or Oct. 1 or anything else. He will play when he is symptom free."

Neither Shero nor Penguins coach Dan Bylsma has set a timetable for Crosby's return since headaches forced Crosby to stop noncontact training during the playoffs.

Collins cleared Crosby in July for regular offseason conditioning — though not contact.

Crosby was diagnosed with a concussion Jan. 6, the result of two blindside hits in five days.

Penguins players are scheduled to report for training camp Sept. 16, with the first practice the next day. The Penguins open the regular season Oct. 6 at Vancouver.

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