By: Chris Gates

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Penguins captain Sidney Crosby hasn’t been ruled out for Friday yet, but there’s a few other players battling injuries and trying to get in the lineup Friday night against Dallas as well.

Jordan Staal is fighting an unspecified leg injury and, though he played Saturday night at Los Angeles, is not a lock to play Friday. He had missed two straight games prior to Saturday night’s game.

Staal missed Monday’s practice but was back out on the ice Wednesday. His status for Friday has yet to be determined.

Forward Tyler Kennedy also practiced and appeared to be participating in a full-contact role, which had not been the case prior to Wednesday’s practice as he recovers from a concussion.

“Tyler Kennedy skated today with the team,” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said, according to the team’s official website. “It has not been determined if he’ll be moved into the lineup (as a) game-day decision yet. That’s yet to be determined.”

Defenseman Ben Lovejoy has a broken wrist and initially the report said he could be out as many as six weeks. Now, it appears that six-week time frame is the minimum amount of time Lovejoy will need to recover.

“A timeframe on Ben Lovejoy, I wish it was clear for you, but it’s not not,” Bylsma said. “He’ll be re-evaluated after six weeks. It’s likely to be longer than six weeks. We’ll know more after six weeks. It’s likely to be a little bit longer than that given what they say and what will be the case when they take the cast off.”

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