Sidney Crosby has not suffered a setback in his recovery from a three month long concussion but doctors have not been satisfied enough to clear Crosby for that next big step.
According to league sources, Crosby met with his team of doctors on Saturday morning where he was fully evaluated after a hard week of skating and…
the hope of being cleared for full contact was not granted.
Crosby has not skated with the team since Friday morning and today was under doctor orders to only conduct off-ice workouts, according to the Penguins. The Penguins continue to claim there has been no change in his status.
Crosby last Tuesday participated in an uptempo full practice with the team where there was a little bit of bumping going on during drills. It was seen as a significant step in Crosby’s recovery and later had no setbacks, skating the next couple days after.
The Penguins have not had that type of uptempo practice since, due to the start of the playoffs and the team going through more casual skates.
So what is holding Crosby back from being cleared for full contact? Speculation in league circles is that doctors haven’t been fully satisfied with neuropsychological tests centering around Crosby’s motor skills.
That according to some has been the major hurdle.
To have any chance of playing in the first round, Crosby is going to need to receive clearance for contact in the next couple days.
That could still happen any day now but the word right now is that Crosby’s not fully scheduled to be evaluated again until Thursday when the Penguins return from Tampa.