Crosby is seeking additional concussion opinions
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.
Show commenting policy
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.
- Spaling, Penguins agree to $4.4 million deal
- Pens hope to reach long-term deal with Brandon Sutter
- New Penguins coach to meet with Malkin