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Crosby suffering from soft tissue injury in neck @NHLdotcom

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby is suffering from a soft tissue injury in his neck that could lead to neurological problems.

Crosby and Penguins owner Mario Lemieux met with spinal trauma expert Dr. Alexander Vaccaro in Philadelphia on Monday to review a series of recent tests on the 2009 NHL MVP. Vaccaro determined the tests revealed no evidence of a fracture in Crosby's neck, instead confirming a California doctor's diagnosis that Crosby is dealing with a neck injury.

Bray treated Crosby with an injection to alleviate swelling in the neck and will be overseeing his progression with therapists.

Crosby hasn't played since concussion-like symptoms resurfaced following a game against Boston on Dec. 5. Doctors say the neck injury can cause symptoms similar to a concussion.

The team called the injury "treatable," adding Crosby will return when he's symptom-free.

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