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Crosby Cleared for Practice, But Not for Contact

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins

Captain Sidney Crosby has been cleared to practice with the Penguins in training camp, however he will not take part in contact or scrimmages.

“I’m cleared to practice without contact. That’s good news for me. I’m excited to get going,” said Crosby, who continues to recover from a concussion suffered in early January. “Whatever symptoms I’ve had have been pretty minimal. To be able to get cleared to do this is good.”

“In terms of seeing Sidney Crosby on the ice in that jersey and participating in practice, it’s always good to see that,” head coach Bylsma said. “He’ll be out there with his teammates and participating.

“A lot of what he’s doing will be what he is comfortable with. He’ll be at the same pace and tempo as the other guys. Some of the contact drills he may not participate in.”

The Penguins players are broken into three groups of teams in camp, with two scrimmaging each day. Bylsma said that Crosby will be listed on the team that isn’t scrimmaging for each practice day.

Crosby will use the training camp practices to gauge his condition.

“I think camp will be a pretty good indication. It’s going to be pretty intense,” Crosby said. “Even without contact, I’m sure it’s going to be a pretty good pace. I’ll see how things go then.

“But I feel like I’ve done pretty good tests of exertion at different points and responded pretty well. I think the main thing is that I feel pretty comfortable and confident with where I’m at heading into camp here.”

There are still a few hurdles for Crosby to leap before he can begin contact. But he said that he isn’t sure when exactly that will transpire.

“I really don’t know,” he said. “As far as communication with doctors and things like that, I’ve been just kind of waiting to see what’s going to be Day 1 of camp and what their feeling was and telling them how I feel. So I haven’t gotten that far. I hope that everything goes well the next little bit and I’m not ruling (contact) out at all. But I think at this point, I’m just kind of worried about this step and just getting through it.”

Crosby’s main goal is to take training camp day by day.

“You don’t want to be evaluating yourself every minute out there,” he said. “You want to go out there and try to do the things you normally do and see how things go. That being said, if everything is going well, you’ve got to use that time to get ready and get back in shape and timing and all of that stuff. It’s been a long time since I’ve been out there with a group and it’s been intense, so I’m just looking forward to getting out there and doing that.”
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