Crosby Practices, Kennedy To Be Evaluated

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Penguins captain Sidney Crosby practiced with the team Monday, but coach Dan Bylsma said Crosby’s status has not changed.

He is still experiencing some concussion symptoms but has practiced with other injured players and strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar over the last few days. He joined the full team Monday, yet has not been cleared for full-contact practice.

“Sidney Crosby, instead of skating by himself, took the opportunity on the road to practice with the team. There’s no change in his status,” Bylsma said, according to the team’s official website. He added with a smile, “He just would have been lonely all by himself, so he was on the ice with us (Monday).”

Along with concussion symptoms, Crosby was diagnosed with a soft-tissue neck injury Jan. 31.

“I feel like this week’s been good. I feel like I’m getting there,” Crosby said. “I don’t have a timeframe, I wish I did but I don’t. The good news is that there is some progression, with this stuff that’s always what you’re looking for.”

Meanwhile, winger Tyler Kennedy is back in Pittsburgh for evaluation after suffering a leg injury late in the Penguins 5-2 loss at New Jersey Sunday. Bylsma said the team should know more regarding Kennedy’s status in the next day or two.

Other injury news:

  • Bylsma said both center Jordan Staal and defenseman Simon Despres could return from injury in the next 10 to 15 days.

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