Updated 2:51 p.m.
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was expected to be unavailable for the first on-ice practice of training camp Friday morning at CONSOL Energy Center due to an undisclosed injury.
But that plan changed when he met with head athletic trainer Chris Stewart in the morning.
“I talked to ‘Stew’ and he said he was comfortable with me going out there for a little bit,” Crosby said. “I was happy to hear that.”
"I was kind of surprised," head coach Mike Johnston said. "I found out a half hour before practice that he was going to work his way through some of the drills. He stayed on basically until the last drill. I was excited to see he was able to handle the drills."
Crosby didn’t skate in the entire practice, something that was preplanned by the team. He worked for about an hour at full speed before leaving the ice.
“(Stewart) wanted me to go out for just a certain period of time,” Crosby said. “It started getting pretty intense at the end, so I just had to wrap.”
Crosby suffered an injury while working out in the last 5-6 days. The team initially was going to hold him out of practice, but he was able to return this morning. The injury, which isn’t related to his right wrist injury from last season, is not expected to be long-term.
“Just working out in the last couple of days,” Crosby said. “Hopefully, it’s not something I’ll have to miss any time with. It’s going pretty well.”
Presuming everything goes well, Crosby will skate again Saturday for the open practice.
"It’s about how it reacts the next day whether he practices or not (Saturday)," Johnston said. "I’ll probably find out just before practice again."
“It’s something you have to be smart with,” Crosby said. “If I get the OK, then I’ll be out there.”