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Sidney Crosby Set To Practice With Penguins

The Penguins' official site reports that doctors are allowing Sidney Crosby to practice with the team, although his concussion issues will prevent him from participating in scrimmages or drills involving contact. We've all seen enough false starts and red herrings in this concussion soap opera that many Penguins fans have stopped listening, but for whatever it's worth, what Crosby has to say is encouraging.

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"I’m cleared to practice without contact. That’s good news for me. I’m excited to get going," said Crosby, who continues to recover from a concussion suffered in early January. "Whatever symptoms I’ve had have been pretty minimal. To be able to get cleared to do this is good."

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It seems unlikely that Crosby will be ready anywhere near the start of the season, but getting him back for the stretch run would, obviously, make an enormous difference for the Penguins.

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