Updated: January 28, 2012, 6:59 PM ET
OTTAWA — Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby isn’t just dealing with symptoms from post-concussion syndrome. His agent, Pat Brisson, confirmed to ESPN.com Saturday night that Crosby has a neck injury and that third-party doctors will be reviewing MRIs within the next 24 to 48 hours to determine the severity of the injury.
“The good news is he’s safe,” Brisson told ESPN.com. “It’s treatable, which is positive.”
After visiting doctors in Atlanta and Los Angeles, Crosby returned to Pittsburgh where he skated Saturday. Following Saturday’s Board of Governors meeting in Ottawa, Penguins general manager Ray Shero said Crosby will continue skating and working out as he has for the past week.
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“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 this under control and manageable so he can return to play.”
Crosby hasn’t played since Dec. 5 after concussion-like symptoms returned, and Shero stressed that Crosby won’t be back in the lineup until those symptoms are 100 percent under control. But the Penguins GM has seen enough progress that he remains hopeful Crosby will be back some time this season.
“He’s not going to (play) until those symptoms resolve. Hopefully (we’ll) have him back at some point here soon,” Shero said. “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 was most recently in Los Angeles working with Dr. Robert S. Bray, a neurological spine surgeon. In Atlanta, Crosby worked with Dr. Ted Carrick, a specialist in chiropractic neurology.
Craig Custance is a senior NHL writer for ESPN The Magazine. Pierre LeBrun cover the NHL for ESPN.com.
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