Crosby diagnosed with neck injury; still hopeful to return Staff

1/28/2012 11:26:29 PM

Sidney Crosby's agent has confirmed to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun on that the Penguins captain was diagnosed with a neck injury in Los Angeles by Dr. Robert S. Bray.

"His neck is safe, he's not in danger," Pat Brisson explained on Saturday.

"It's treatable, which is positive," he added.

Brisson told that a third party will examine the depth of the neck injury, and added that the expectation is that Crosby still hopes to play this season.

TSN's Darren Dreger reports that over the next 48 hours, specialists will analyze the CAT scans and MRI's to determine the full extent of the injury and best path for treatment and recovery.

The Penguins released a statement later on Saturday regarding Crosby's health.

"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. 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."

Pittsburgh general manager Ray Shero gave more details to after Saturday's Board of Governors meeting.

"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 thus under control and manageable so he can return to play.

"He's not going to (play) until those symptoms resolve. Hopefully have him back at some point here soon," Shero continued. "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."

Crosby has been limited to eight games this season because of a concussion that he originally suffered last January. He had two goals and 10 assists after first returning from a 10-month layoff in November, but was sidelined again with concussion-like symptoms.