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Sidney Crosby Still Not Working Out After Concussion Setback

There's some potential bad news for Penguins fans today: Sidney Crosby, who had to halt workouts after his concussion symptoms came back in late April, still hasn't started working out again.

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Crosby's agent, Pat Brisson, said by email today that Crosby "hasn't been cleared yet by the medical staff."

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Crosby was diagnosed with a concussion Jan. 6 and did not play the balance of the season or in the playoffs, when the Penguins fell to Tampa Bay in the first round.

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He resumed light workouts in late January and, several weeks later, began skating. He returned to practice with the team in non-contact drills March 31.

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It will be quite a while before the Penguins' 2011-2012 season gets started, obviously, but the fact that this concussion just won't go away is pretty scary. It seemed like Pens fans were waiting for Crosby forever. They played reasonably well without him in the regular season, but then were defeated by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the playoffs. Crosby surely could have made a difference in that series, and the Penguins aren't the same without him. Let's hope he recovers quickly, but in the meantime, it doesn't look like any kind of stretch to worry that he won't be ready for the start of the regular season.

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