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Crosby Still Not Ready!

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers
Sidney Crosby is still feeling the effects of the David Steckel hit that caused him to miss the second half of the 2010/2011 season.

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"Right now, I would classify Sid's case as we are in reconditioning mode," Dr. Michael Collins, who has worked with Crosby since January, said during a press conference. "In order for Sid to go back and play, he needs to be reconditioned 100 percent without having symptoms. So let's get him reconditioned and see how he does. At that point, if he can recondition and his symptoms are not there, we will then have a systematic process regarding a return to play.

"There's no timelines on this. We cannot predict when that's going to occur. But like I said earlier, I can guarantee you one thing, and that's we're going to make sure he is 100 percent normal before he goes back to play."

Crosby first suffered a concussion during the Winter Classic against the Washington Capitals, and was then hit into the boards a few days later during a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"Mentally, I feel good," Crosby said. "It's probably the best I've felt, honestly. So I'm really happy with the last three weeks. It's been really positive. It's been a tough road."

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