Letang Not Diagnosed With Concussion

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang was not diagnosed with a concussion after being evaluated by doctors Monday.

Still, coach Dan Bylsma said he is experiencing concussion-like symptoms.

Letang has been cleared to participate in off-ice workouts. There is no timetable to determine when he will be permitted to participate in on-ice practices.

“Kris Letang is feeling better, but still has some symptoms,” Bylsma said after practice Tuesday, according to the Penguins official website. “He is feeling better, though, and had light exercises off the ice today. … Going through the tests that you go through, he’s feeling better and doing well. He’s still having symptoms in some areas. But he is continuing to feel better. They progressed him to light activity. He did that today. I don’t quite know what that means for him in terms of timetable, short term or long term.

“(A concussion) hasn’t been diagnosed at this point in time. He’s still having symptoms.”

Letang suffered a hit to the head from Dallas forward Eric Nystrom one week ago. He has been out of the lineup ever since.

Letang suffered a concussion after taking a blindside hit from Montreal’s Max Pacioretty Nov. 26. He missed 21 games before returning to the lineup.

Other injury news:

  • Defenseman Deryk Engelland is still listed as day-to-day with an unspecified injury.
  • Backup goaltender Brent Johnson participated in practice with teammates Tuesday. Bylsma said Johnson is still in the process of rehabbing.
  • Dustin Jeffrey missed his second straight practice because of illness. He reportedly had a temperature of 101 degrees Monday.
  • Any other players that missed practice Tuesday were given “maintenance days,” according to Bylsma.

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