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Crosby joins his teammates on ice for their practice

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby joined his teammates on the ice for their practice on Tuesday for the first time since having surgery to repair a core muscle injury seven weeks ago.

But Crosby, who wore a white "no contact" jersey, only joined the practice session because it was the only available ice time for him to skate. He will resume skating on his own Wednesday. 

There is no timeframe for a return, but Crosby did rule out Thursday's home contest against San Jose.

"It's going well," Crosby said of his rehab. "It just takes time. You need to heal and time to do that. With each week it's gotten better and better and progressed. That's the most important thing.

"With every week I've been able to do more and more. That's positive."

Crosby, 32, had been dealing with the injury prior to having surgery, which took place on Nov. 14. He tried playing through it initially, but ultimately opted for having surgery. He missed the past 22 games, last playing Nov. 9 against Chicago.

"If you can play you play," he said. "You can either play or you can't. It got to the point after Chicago where I couldn't.

"It was bugging me a bit. It took what happened in that game to put it over the edge. But I think it's just something I had to deal with."

Crosby has been skating with the team's skills coach Ty Hennes for the previous three weeks.

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