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Sidney Crosby Injury Update: Penguins Say Captain Has 'Soft-Tissue Injury Of The Neck'

The Pittsburgh Penguins released a statement on the status of injured center Sidney Crosby on Tuesday afternoon. Here is an except.

An independent specialist contacted to review recent medical tests taken on Sidney Crosby found no evidence of a past or present neck fracture but verified that Crosby is suffering from a soft-tissue injury of the neck, that could be causing neurological symptoms

The statement goes on to say Crosby was examined by Dr. Alexander Vaccaro of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia on Monday morning and that the injury is treatable. Crosby is expected to return action when he is symptom free, according to the statement. No timetable for the 24-year old team captain's return was given.

Sportsnet Ontario's Bob McCowan reported on Saturday that a Utah specialist found an abnormaility with Crosby's C1 and C2 vertebrae and that Crosby's camp would seek another opinion. Vaccaro's review would appear to be that opinion.

The team is expected to hold a news conference to address Crosby's status at 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday. Stay tuned to SB Nation Pittsburgh for updates from the presser.

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