Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma said that there is no indication that Sidney Crosby has a concussion at this time and that holding him out of the lineup for the next two games is simply a precautionary step.
Crosby didn’t feel well following a physical Monday night contest against Boston and had a “slight headache” after Wednesday’s practice, so the team will sit him when they take on Philadelphia (Thursday) and NY Islanders (Saturday).
"It was not a one-time incident in the game. He took a couple hits in the game and didn’t feel 100 percent after the game, so that was an indication,” Bylsma said. “He went and saw Dr. (Michael) Collins the next day. His ImPACT test was exactly what it was when he returned to play.
“Dr. Collins said there is no indication of a concussion at this point in time. After practice (Wednesday), he had a slight headache. He knows his body well. It’s been a long 10 months. And as a precautionary (move), he is just kind of taking tonight’s game off and through the weekend."
Crosby reiterated the team’s approach and said he is just trying to be careful and smart with his health.
“I just want to be smart with this,” Crosby said to pittsburghpenguins.com. “It’s been a long road back and we want to err on the side of caution.
“I’ve taken some good hits over the past few weeks and am happy with the way my body responded … but after discussing things with doctors it was better to make sure I was cautious before returning to play.”
The team will re-evaluate where Crosby is over the next few days. As of now they are taking things one day at a time.
"He’s having today off and anticipates working out (Friday),” coach Bylsma said. “That’s where he’s at right now."