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Crosby Waiting Until 100 Percent Before Return

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said that he’s experienced concussion-like symptoms the past few days after taking several hits against the Boston Bruins last Monday and is being careful about his health before returning to the lineup.

"Not (feeling) bad. I'm not happy about watching, but I have to make sure with these sort of things that I'm careful and making sure I'm 100 percent before coming back,” Crosby said. “No timetable (for return).

Crosby said there are encouraging signs after he did well on the ImPACT test and he feels better than when he previously missed 10 months due to a concussion.

"I did my ImPACT test and it went pretty good,” Crosby said. “That was a good sign. It's much different than previously going through that stuff. That was encouraging.”

Crosby said he didn’t feel right after Pittsburgh’s contest against Boston, which was the reason he took the test the following day.

“I just didn’t feel right,” he said. “I skated the following day after that with a little bit of exertion. I just didn't feel right. After talking with everyone I figured it was better to be cautious and not take any chances. That's where I'm at right now.”

Crosby added that he feels much better than he did in August while recovering from a concussion, and that his current recovery will hopefully not take as long as his previous absence.

"I've been doing light exertion stuff and seeing how that goes,” he said. “It's that whole (recovery) routine again, but hopefully not as long. When I wasn'tdoing something for 6, 7 months that process was a little longer. Hopefully, that's not the case here.”

Crosby did say he wasn't sure which hit caused his current symptoms, but the collision with David Krejci is a possibility.

“I don’t know. I know I got hit in the head there," Crosby said. "I felt pretty good after that. I didn’t feel anything too major. If I had to look at one hit, yeah. The collision with Kunitz was knee-on-knee. If anything it was probably that one with (Krejci)."
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