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Crosby cleared for contact as symptoms abate @NHLdotcom

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has been cleared for contact, a big step toward his return from concussion-like symptoms.

Crosby went through drills with his teammates on Tuesday, the first time he's been a full participant in practice since the symptoms returned after a loss to Boston on Dec. 5.

The 24-year-old Crosby says he will play at the moment he is symptom free, but there remains no timetable for his return. The Penguins continue a four-game homestand on Wednesday against Toronto.

Crosby missed more than 10 months following a pair of hits to the head in January 2011. He had two goals in his season debut against the New York Islanders, his only goals in the last 14 months.

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