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Crosby Does Not Expect to Play in Season Opener

by Michelle Crechiolo / Pittsburgh Penguins
Although Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is doing well in his recovery from a concussion suffered in early January, he does not anticipate being ready to play in the season opener at Vancouver on Oct. 6.

“I wouldn’t expect it, no,” he said when asked if there’s a realistic chance he would play in the game. “I don’t think so.”

Although Crosby does not expect to be ready for the Penguins’ first regular-season game of the 2011-12 campaign, he remains status quo in his recovery.

He continues to practice with his teammates and take part in drills and controlled scrimmages, but still has not been cleared for contact – continuing to wear an alternate-colored helmet at practices.

Head coach Dan Bylsma reiterated that Crosby’s involvement in those skates is positive news in itself.

“I think him being on the ice every day and him participating in training camp (is optimistic),” Bylsma said. “To me that’s different then a practice at the end of the year or a morning skate. It’s fatigue for everybody. It’s hard for everybody. It’s conditioning for everybody. So in terms of part of him and his rehab, I think it’s positive and I think that’s right – we play next Thursday and it’s a few short days away. So we haven’t progressed to the next level yet, so it’s safe to say (Crosby will not play vs. Vancouver).”

Crosby is unsure of when he’ll move to the next level in his rehab – and just wants to continue to take it day by day.

“We’re getting back from our trip here and then we’re going to be going (out West), so when we get back from that trip maybe I’ll go see the doctor then,” he said. “For me, every day I just try to go as hard as I can and hope that things keep going like they’re going. It’s been really good so far.”
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