In the middle of all the All Star fun, some serious news concerning Crosby and his health has been released.
Turns out that, along with a concussion, Crosby had also fractured his C1 and C2 vertebrae. At least, those are the rumors. His agent, Pat Brisson, said that the vertebrae may be have been cracked and that the injury was discovered by a doctor in Los Angeles, where Sid has been for the past week visiting specialists. Sid will be visiting with some independent doctors to get an exact diagnosis.
The Penguins site released this statement on the website
“The diagnosis of Dr. Robert S. Bray, a neurological spine specialist based in Los Angeles, is that Sidney Crosby had suffered a neck injury in addition to a concussion. Dr. Bray reports that the neck injury is fully healed. Those findings will be evaluated by independent specialists over the next few days. The most important goal all along has been Sidney’s return to full health, and we are encouraged that progress continues to be made.”
The good news? Apparently, Sid’s neck isn’t in anymore danger. And he still plans on playing this year.
“He’s definitely trying to play this year,” Brisson said. “There is no doubt his goal is to play hockey this year. He wants to come back quickly but safely.”