Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Crosby Cleared for Contact Penguins Star Could Be Back Sunday

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Crosby Cleared for Contact Penguins Star Could Be Back Sunday

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Penguins center Sidney Crosby has been cleared for contact -- he actually got some in practice today -- and says he could return to the lineup in a matter of days.

He did not specify a comeback target but suggested that, barring a setback, he could resume playing as early as Sunday, when Boston will visit Consol Energy Center.

"I'm going to give myself days, for sure, of contact," Mr. Crosby said. "If you look at our schedule, we have two more practices, I think, this week.

"No sooner than Sunday, I would say.

"But I'm not going to sit here and put a date on it. It would be total guesswork. I just want to make sure I get through these days fine."

Coincidentally, he has not played since being injured in a game against the Bruins Dec. 5.

Mr. Crosby's injury initially was believed to be a concussion, but later was determined to be a soft-tissue problem with his neck. …

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