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Crosby Finishes Second Camp Practice Without Symptoms

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby finished his second day of full exertion training camp practice without any concussion symptoms.

“I felt pretty good. The last couple days have been good,” Crosby said. “It’s been a pretty good test here. I’m happy with the way it’s gone.

“As far as symptoms, I felt just as good as yesterday. It’s good.”

Crosby, who will practice Monday as well, pushed himself as hard as he could in Saturday and Sunday’s training camp practices and came away feeling good.

“(The practices) were both all out (effort),” Crosby said. “Today was a little bit tougher because yesterday was the first day of going that hard, and on back-to-back days. Today felt tougher.”

Crosby, who wore a non-contact white helmet, was engaged in some jostling with teammates and participated drills in the slot and traffic areas, though he wasn’t taking part in hitting or contact.

“I’m trying to do everything, but getting hit right now,” he said. “You want to make sure that when you’re told not to get hit, you don’t. But that being said you still have to create good habits as best you can. I’m trying practice being around traffic.

“It’s nice to be out there with bodies moving around and moving around faster than they had before and being able to handle that. It was good to go through that today.”

"Being in traffic and around people is a part of where he’s at right now," head coach Dan Bylsma said. "In terms of contact and body contact, the white helmet, the players are aware that he’s not going to have physical contact. Being in traffic, being around people, being in numbers is a part of where he’s at in his rehab and his skating. You can see how hard he’s pushing out there in the drills when he’s skating up the ice."

Center Dustin Jeffrey, who is recovering from a torn ACL, also practiced for the second straight day in training camp.

“Overall it feels pretty good,” Jeffrey said of his knee. “There’s a little tightness and stuff like that, but I think it’s just from pushing it that hard. It’s nothing that I’m concerned about.

“It’s coming. Doing stuff at that level, being out for four or five months without skating and getting right back into it the last three or four weeks, it takes a little bit of time. But I felt pretty good, so it helps the confidence a little bit.”
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