Crosby won't play in Pens' season opener

BY foxsports • October 1, 2011

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby confirmed Saturday that he would not be available for Thursday night's season opener against the Vancouver Canucks, as was widely expected.

Crosby has not played since suffering a concussion in January and, while he participates in practice, has not yet been cleared for contact.

He has skated nearly every day since the start of training camp and has not reported any concussion-related symptoms, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.

But asked after practice in Detroit Saturday whether he would be ready for the Canucks, Crosby said, "No. I wouldn't expect it, no."

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma added, "In terms of him and his rehab, I think it's positive. We play next Thursday and it's a few short days away. We haven't progressed to the next level yet, so it's safe to say [he won't play]."

Crosby insisted this was not a setback and that he was happy with the progress he was making, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

"It's been going good," the 24-year-old said. "At this point I just want to make sure that things keep going well.

"Even just lately, being involved in scrimmages, it's different. You're expending a little more energy, and I'm just trying to get used to all that.

"All that stuff, it becomes so routine and you get so used to it, but when you get back in it you realize it takes good habits and learning that stuff again."

Crosby had 32 goals and 34 assists in just 41 games last season before the concussion.

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