Pittsburgh Penguins: Sidney Crosby Update, Still Not Ready to Play

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Pittsburgh Penguins: Sidney Crosby Update, Still Not Ready to Play
PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 05: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates during warmups prior to taking on the Tampa Bay Lightning on January 5, 2011 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Wednesday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins released an official update regarding Sidney Crosby. The most important part of the update was this: 

The latest steps in Sidney Crosby’s recovery from a concussion have been visits to leading specialists around the country to monitor his progress. Their conclusion is that he will make a full recovery – it just takes time.

Not really much news, as far as I'm concerned. Some were getting worried because of the lack of reports and news on Crosby. As far as I'm concerned, there was nothing that showed me there is a setback with Crosby, so that's good. 

The one thing that does still concern me is this news from the update: 

When he got to 90 percent exertion in his workouts, however, he started having some headaches again. At that point, his doctors and trainers altered his workouts accordingly.

So Crosby is still getting headaches when he reaches 90 percent exertion in his workouts? Still? After all this time? Crosby might have one of the worst concussions I have ever seen or heard of. 

As frustrating as this all is—and believe me, it's very frustrating—I have to believe that playing this safe is the right move. Yes, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the NHL need Crosby healthy and playing. Crosby is the best player in the world and he's the sport's biggest name. 

That being said, if he comes back too early, he's risking his career.

This isn't a back or a foot injury. This involves his brain. Injure your back or your foot, and you might not be able to walk without pain and/or a limp. Injure your brain, and you might be drooling and getting your food fed to you. 

The NHL and the Penguins do not want to have another Eric Lindros situation. 

So why did the Penguins release this update, which really didn't give us much news? For PR reasons only.

Fans and media were bitching for the longest time that there were no updates, so the Penguins and Crosby gave us one basically saying Crosby isn't 100 percent yet and he's not going to play until he is.

That makes sense. It sucks, but it makes sense. 

As a Pens fan, this sucks. The Penguins have a team that is geared to make a run at a Stanley Cup. Crosby, the league's best player, not being able to play hinders those chances drastically.

Again, though, maybe Crosby wakes up soon and doesn't experience any headaches at 90 percent exertion. Maybe Crosby will never be the same again. Who knows?

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I know this: It's not just Penguins fans that should be concerned. All hockey fans should be.

The game is just better with Crosby playing, and playing at the level he is capable of. I hate Alexander Ovechkin, but the NHL is better and a lot more fun with him playing in it. 

Any "hockey" fan that holds ill will towards Crosby is a scumbag. Any fan that wants to risk Crosby's health and future right now is a moron.

As for everyone that was complaining about a Crosby update, you got one. Crosby will play when he's ready to play. Until then, shut the hell up. 

This article also appears on the very popular Pittsburgh blog: 412sportstalk.

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