Crosby Makes Progress, But Still No Timeline For Return

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — While addressing the media this afternoon on the progress of his recovery, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby told reporters it’s “likely” that he’ll return to play in the upcoming season; however, his doctors and Penguins general manager Ray Shero made it clear that he will not see game action until he’s 100 percent.

The news conference was held at the CONSOL Energy Center, and included updates on Crosby’s recovery by the doctors treating him.

UPMC Concussion Specialist Dr. Michael Collins assessed Crosby on Tuesday and said the data was the best that they’ve seen so far.

Collins said he’s “extremely encouraged” and “very pleased” by Crosby’s progress, but there’s still “no timeline” for his return to the game.

“The types of symptoms Sid had initially are exactly the type of symptoms that we see that end up taking the longest to recover from concussion,” said Dr. Michael Collins, the director of UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program. “The symptom of fogginess, although it’s very hard to describe and hard to articulate and very hard to pinpoint and really hard to experience, is the symptom that best predicts someone who is going to have a long time recovering. So, at that point… that first time I saw Sid I knew we were in for the long run with this injury.

“Quite frankly, I wasn’t, nor am I now, surprised that it’s taken this long for Sid to start improving, and yes, we are seeing significant improvements recently,” he added.

Watch the complete news conference here:

Dr. Collins said he does anticipate Crosby returning to hockey, but not before he has made a full recovery.

“I anticipate Sid returning to hockey and playing well in the future, but I can guarantee you that we’re not going to make any mistakes in this case,” he said. “Before Sid goes back to play, we’re going to make sure he’s 100 percent recovered – no ifs, ands or buts about it.”

It’s a point Shero reiterated later during the news conference.

“[Crosby] will not return to play until he’s 100 percent,” he said. “Here’s a player that, over my five years with him, has played at less than 80 percent with injuries, as many athletes do, but there is no 90 percent returning from a concussion.”

Dr. Ted Carrick, a professor of Clinical Neurology at The Carrick Institute in Cape Canaveral, Fla., talked about the importance of returning Crosby to a normal life outside of hockey, too.

“Our treatments of Sid was not only to allow him to return to hockey, but we’re very, very concerned with the state of anybody’s brain when they injure it, and our greatest direction is to insure that Sid has a very fruitful and positive life,” Dr. Carrick said. “That he can do anything he wishes to do in hockey and after hockey.”

And Crosby said he’s had a strong support system but the injury has taken a toll on him, though it’s “much better” now.

“I feel a lot better and there’s no doubt that that’s part of it. That’s part of the challenge, part of the battle, but I haven’t really talked to anyone in particular,” he said. “But I’ve been really lucky to have a good support system around me, my family and the team, the group of doctors, my agency, everybody has been unbelievable and it’s important when you’re going through anything in life whether it’s this or anything else to have that and I’ve been lucky enough to have that.”

The Penguins open training camp on Sept. 16.

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  • Paul

    Geez, it only took KDKA 2 days to get the story online. This was announced yesterday on other media sites. I would think Crosby will announce that he is coming along, yet still has some issues and will not start the season. I’m ok with that – I don’t want him back until he is fully recovered. Godpseed Sid!

  • thefan

    Sounds like to me Sid has tons of money and the doctors know that and are willing to soak Sid as much as they can! Sid go back to Canada please! I am tired of waiting for you…

    • Sen John Sylvester Sta- Bohner

      Sid surely has cadillac health insurance so your argument is dumb.

  • JA

    wow… thefan… talk about fair weather fan!! The kid has one of the worst injuries a player can get and you already want to ship him back to Canada?! I’d rather wait for the best player in the NHL to come back at 100% then not have him at all… what an i di ot!!

  • mary

    Do whatever it takes to be 100% – this is your life and your future Sydney. As for the idoiot “the fan” and his comments – go get a life.

  • Dave

    thefan must be a Flyers fan! Bet they’re going to be good this year – NOT!

  • Tired-of-waiting

    Looks like the people who gave him the name Sissy” Crosby were right all along!

    • Mayor Luke

      right about what? That they are uncreative, weak, petty, and ignorant?

      • Tired-of-waiting

        No, they were right about the fact that Sid is whiny crybaby! There’s no argument that he has the skill and talent to play hockey but he doesn’t have what it takes to deal with the physical aspects of the game. Whining and crying are not the finer qualities of a professional hockey player. If the NHL instituted a rule that no one could touch him on the ice, he’d be back tomorrow. Since that is unrealistic, maybe he should go back to Canada and take up curling where he won’t get his hair messed up.

      • Dave

        I’m not sure you saw the same conference I witnessed. At no time did I hear Crosby whine or cry. In fact, since he’s been injured, I have not heard him say anything. He suffered a severe concussion – in case you don’t know what that means – it means his brain was injured. Since your brain is the one part of your body that controls everything you do, you would think it would take time to heal to avoid future problems. To say that he’s not physical is ridiculous as well. As stated above, there is no out of bounds in hockey, so you can’t help but be physical. I guarantee that all of the hypocrits out there dissing Crosby have never played the game in their life. Well, I did, and I can tell you that to get to Crosby’s level takes more than just physical play – it takes a lot of sacrifice and determination. He stands out above any other player out there, and when he returns I’m sure he will continue at that level.

    • Dave

      Never heard that nickname before – I have heard ‘The Next Great One’ though.

      • Tired-of-waiting

        The :Great Ones” get it done. The wanna b’s make excuses why they can’t. Sissy is finished, get over it and moveon.

      • Paul

        Crosby has already established himself in the same league as Lemieux, Gretzky, Jagr, etc. Not quite sure what you’re referring too.

  • Dave Subgum

    This is like when my girlfriend says ” I have bad news, Dave”, and I get all worked up thinking the worst, and then proceeds to blather about her chipped fingernail.

    • Myles O'Toole

      I used to date your girlfriend, Dave. She was a tiger in the sack though.

  • Paul Blart

    Thanks for making the world skip their lunch hour to tune in to a lesson on the functions of Sid’s Ferrari brain. I want my money back.

  • Mario

    From one megalomaniac to another a few words of advice: garage league presser

  • Rick Testarosa

    If Sid has a Ferrari brain then why does he drive an Oldsmobile?

  • george davies

    trade him he is a baby there is no room in the nhl for babies

    • Paul

      Jefferson Davies, I mean George Davies – Crosby is not a crybaby, and if you ever played the game of hockey you would understand that. The game is not like football – there is no out of bounds in hockey to run too. You play with constant contact, and if you are unfortunate enough to have the puck on the boards, you get pounded. Can’t say that about any other sport, so the next time you want to call a hockey player a baby, think twice. I’ll bet you wouldn’t say that to their face…….. :(

      • Telling it like it is

        Crosby IS a cry baby…..always whining to the refs about being hit, receiving cheap shots, etc. Maybe the reason he finally got taken out was that the other players got tired of his whiny antics. Hockey hasn’t lost a step because Crosby is out. If he retired, no one would miss him.

  • Paul

    Crosby has already established himself in the same league as Lemieux, Gretzky, Jagr, etc. Not quite sure what you’re referring too.

  • Dave

    Telling it like it is….. Crosby is an elite player – the best in the game – people do take cheap shots at him. This happened to Lemieux and Gretzky as well. Players are jealous of his level of skill and to stop him they take cheap shots at him – just ask Steckle. He’s so good (NOT) that he was traded from Washington after that hit. Crosby has every right to say something when nothing is being done to stop it. BTW – if you watch hockey, you will see that quite frequently, the person going to the penalty box usually cries to the refs as well.

    • Tired-of-waiting

      Dave….I just love you Elitists! You all believe the rest of us are just a bunch of uneducated pions that just can’t grasp or understand his greatness! The fact is, Crosby is talented but no way is he in the same league as Lemieux or Gretzky. Hell, he couldn’t carry their jock straps. He’s a prima donna who who’s fear of getting hit, will keep him off the ice permanently! That’s a shame because he has the skill to join the ranks of the great ones but you have to play to win.

  • Lynyrd

    Best player in the league. Who’s better? The NHL needs Sid. lot’s of non Pittsburgher’s posting on here get a life. With out Sid NHL rating’s will be lower than bowling.

    • Devil's Advocate

      Hey slappy, there was hockey before Crosby and there will be hockey after him. No one player is bigger than the game, not Gretzky, not Lemieux and especially not Crosby.

    • Tired-of-waiting

      Lynyrd…..Right now, everyone playing is better than him. They’re playing – he’s not!

      • Lynyrd

        TOW. Your’e point of view is typical . Please tell me your’e not a Pen’s fan.
        If so Your’e pathetic. Jealous much?

  • Avg. Joe

    He will never play again. If he does it will be for a short while untill he gets crushed and is done. He might as well take up baseball now and save the effort.

  • Dave

    Tired of waiting – in case you forgot, Crosby is the YOUNGEST person to be captain of an NHL team, to win the Stanley Cup, to break records that no other player has. You’re right, he’s not on the same level as Gretzky and Lemieux, if he keeps going, he will be better. BTW – if Lemieux would not have been sick, he would have surpassed Gretzky in all aspects. Go back to Philadelphia, Tired of Waiting.

  • Doug

    I think it is great that Sid is now making use of Dr. Carrick, a Chiropractor specializing in neurology……..finally he can now make some progress and get back to playing again!

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