Today was locker clean-out day for the Pittsburgh Penguins at CONSOL Energy Center.
Sidney Crosby spoke with the media for the first time in quite awhile today. Crosby admitted that his post-concussion symptoms have returned, and that is why he hadn't been skating or practicing with the team in the past week or so.
"I started trying to ramp things up a bit as far as working out and skating, and I got a little bit of symptoms. So, I had to take a step back. The progression had gone pretty well, but at the same time, I still wasn't ready," Crosby said.
Crosby had been skating and even started no-contact practice with the team, before abruptly stopping over a week ago. Crosby said he started experiencing headaches and then the symptoms progressed a bit, forcing him to immediately stop all workouts.
It is uncertain when Crosby will be able to resume his light workouts.
"With the season ending, it's disappointing, but from Sid's standpoint, the pressure and the question about when he'll come back goes away. Now he can go back to healing and feeling good about himself," Penguins GM Ray Shero said.
Still, it has to be devastating for Crosby to experience this setback, after seeming to progress over the past few weeks. According to Crosby, he had returned to skating almost at full speed before the symptoms returned.
"It's frustrating and disappointing. You can't really control any of that. All I can control is what I was doing off the ice and trying to rehab. Unfortunately, it didn't work out," Crosby said.
Crosby will now have about four-and-a-half months to recover and hopefully return to his early 2010-11 form for the 2011-12 season.