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Crosby skates again with injured teammates

Tuesday, 01.31.2012 / 12:49 PM / News

By Alan Robinson - NHL.com Correspondent

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Crosby skates again with injured teammates
Sidney Crosby skated with two other injured Pittsburgh Penguins teammates for the second successive day Tuesday.
PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby skated with two other injured Pittsburgh Penguins teammates for the second successive day Tuesday as the team awaits the findings of an independent physician's diagnosis of their star's injuries.
 
Crosby worked out again with defenseman Simon Despres, forward Jordan Staal and conditioning coach Mike Kadar before the Penguins' pregame morning skate. Staal and Despres are healing from knee injuries.
 
Crosby learned last week while visiting with specialists in Utah and California that he injured his neck at some point in addition to sustaining a concussion. The injury to the top two vertebrae in Crosby's neck has since healed, according to Dr. Robert S.  Bray, a neurological spine specialist based in Los Angeles.
 
Crosby, who has played in only eight games in the last 13 months, complained of neck pain after absorbing a hit from defenseman David Steckel, then of the Capitals, in the outdoor game at Heinz Field on Jan. 1, 2011.
 
The Penguins' captain hasn't played since Dec. 5 and last went through a full practice on Dec. 7 before experiencing a recurrence of the concussion symptoms that sidelined him for 41 games last season and the first 20 games of this season. After being cleared to skate again, he worked out with the Penguins during a Florida road trip in mid-January. He skated on his own for two weeks before taking part in a 45-minute workout Monday at Consol Energy Center, also with Staal and Despres.
 
The Penguins are expected to update Crosby's condition later Tuesday.
 
While Crosby is not yet close to being cleared for contact, according to coach Dan Bylsma, Penguins general manager Ray Shero is hopeful that the former NHL Art Ross Trophy and Hart Trophy winner can play again this season.
 
Crosby had 2 goals and 10 assists in eight games from Nov. 21 through Dec. 5 before his concussion symptoms returned.
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