On the first day of training camp, it appears Sidney Crosby has moved one step closer to returning.
According to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Crosby has been cleared to practice without contact as he continues to recover from post-concussion symptoms.
While there is no timetable currently set for his return, Crosby said last week that it is likely he will play at some point this season.
"It's a difficult thing to go though and trust me, I'd love to have answers myself sometimes when I was going through that but it's not as easy as that," said Crosby at the news conference.
Crosby said that he feels more positive about recovering from the injury now than he has in a long time and that he is finally over the worse and on the path to making progress. He said that he never really considered retiring.
Crosby suffered a concussion during the Winter Classic against the Washington Capitals on New Year's Day. He returned four days later but left the January 5 game against the Tampa Bay Lightning after being hit into the boards. Crosby sat out the remainder of the season.