Agent: Sidney Crosby has hurt neck
OTTAWA -- Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby isn't just dealing with symptoms from post-concussion syndrome. His agent, Pat Brisson, confirmed to ESPN.com Saturday night that Crosby has a neck injury and that third-party doctors will be reviewing MRIs within the next 24 to 48 hours to determine the severity of the injury.
"The good news is he's safe," Brisson told ESPN.com. "It's treatable, which is positive."
The Penguins later released a full statement on Crosby's condition.
Burnside: Crosby Injury Raises Questions
The fact that third-party doctors will be examining MRIs over the next couple of days to determine exactly what was going on with Sidney Crosby's neck raises a whole range of questions about how this all went down, writes Scott Burnside. Story
"The diagnosis of Dr. Robert S. Bray, a neurological spine specialist based in Los Angeles, is that Sidney Crosby had suffered a neck injury in addition to a concussion," the release read. "Dr. Bray reports that the neck injury is fully healed. Those findings will be evaluated by independent specialists over the next few days. The most important goal all along has been Sidney's return to full health, and we are encouraged that progress continues to be made."
After visiting with the doctors in Atlanta and Los Angeles, Crosby returned to Pittsburgh where he skated Saturday. Following Saturday's Board of Governors meeting in Ottawa, Penguins general manager Ray Shero said Crosby will continue skating and working out as he has for the past week.
"Hopefully we'll see next week as to where he is and we'll get the reports from California and compare notes to what's been done so far," Shero said. "We want to continue to look to see how we can get this under control and manageable so he can return to play."
Crosby hasn't played since Dec. 5 after concussion-like symptoms returned, and Shero stressed that Crosby won't be back in the lineup until those symptoms are 100 percent under control. But the Penguins GM has seen enough progress that he remains hopeful Crosby will be back some time this season.
"He's not going to (play) until those symptoms resolve. Hopefully (we'll) have him back at some point here soon," Shero said. "Let's just see what happens this week once we get some more information from his trip to California. I'm optimistic he's going to play."
Craig Custance is a senior NHL writer for ESPN The Magazine. Pierre LeBrun cover the NHL for ESPN.com.