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No change in Crosby's status

Tuesday, 01.10.2012 / 2:02 PM

By Alan Robinson - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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No change in Crosby's status
PITTSBURGH -- No change in Sidney Crosby's condition. No return to the ice for him just yet, either.
 
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said there has been no change in Crosby's status as he sits out with concussion-related issues for the second time this season. The Penguins' marquee star missed the first 20 games with an injury that carried over from last season, then played in eight games before being sidelined again.
 
Crosby hasn't skated since he absorbed several hits Dec. 5 against Boston, apparently triggering a reoccurrence of his concussion problems. He has been limited to light exercising since then.
 
Bylsma was asked Tuesday what Crosby is doing during his layoff.
 
"I don't have an update for you on that," Bylsma said. "He is in light exercise. He is exercising. What that is, in terms of heart rate and activity, is different on different days. That's where Sid is in his rehab right now."
 
The Penguins play their 13th consecutive game without Crosby against Ottawa on Tuesday night.
 
The 24-year-old Crosby is effectively in the same condition he was in late August, before training camp began. He has yet to be cleared to practice and, once he does, he must show that he can absorb contact without issues before he can play again.
 
Crosby spent the last two games watching from the management suite at Consol Energy Center.
 
Since Jan. 5, 2011, concussion issues have caused the Stanley Cup-winning captain and Olympic gold medalist from playing in all but eight of the Penguins' 81 games. Pittsburgh is 39-26-8 without him, with a 16-13-3 record this season.
 
Since Crosby last played, the Penguins have dropped seven of 12, endangering their chances of reaching the playoffs.
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