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by brianmetzer on 08/15/11 at 02:09 AM ET
Rob Rossi has tweeted a comment from Pens’ GM Ray Shero: Shero on #Crosby: “There are going to be some symptoms with this injury, but nothing where he’s had to shut it down or anything.”
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Many folks have speculated about Sidney Crosby’s health since his concussion initially occurred back in January. That group contains many mainstream media members, bloggers, radio personalities etc, but all of the hardcore info on the situation has come from the above mentioned entities.
I have yet to officially weigh in on the Sidney Crosby speculation from earlier this afternoon, but as the hours have rolled by the story has only gathered more momentum.
Those of you that have discussed the situation with me via text message or twitter this afternoon already know my stance, but I figured that a brief blog was in order. First of all, I do not buy into any Sidney Crosby news unless it comes from Crosby, his family, his agent Pat Brisson, or the Penguins themselves.
Many folks have speculated about Crosby’s health since his concussion initially occurred back in January. That group contains many mainstream media members, bloggers, radio personalities etc, but all of the hardcore info on the situation has come from the above mentioned entities.
Crosby’s camp and the team itself have been very upfront with information as it has become available throughout this situation. Now that isn’t to say that they have updated us as often as we would have liked, but they have been the only ones with accurate info on 87’s recovery.
Keeping that in mind, it isn’t surprising to see the Tribune Review’s Rob Rossi tweet and then write about the fact that the team could have some sort of update on the Crosby rumors tomorrow afternoon. They pretty have to issue some kind of statement.
For one, the speculation ran rampant after a tweet from an individual (Josh Rimer – XM Radio) who likely has access to accurate information – at least from a standpoint of interacting with the hockey world on a fairly regular basis. Second, the rumor has spawned hundreds, if not thousands of stories, including one on Yahoo Sport’s Puck Daddy blog.
If it is one thing that I have learned over my years of dealing with the Penguins it is that they do not like rumors and speculation that cause their “beat reporters” to start blowing up the phones asking why they don’t or didn’t have the information.
The Penguins and head coach Dan Bylsma will either squash or confirm the reports tomorrow, though I expect something along the lines of, “Crosby started his on ice work out regime back in July and it will continue. We are monitoring him and he is making good progress.”
It is also worth noting that this time of year has many suffering from allergies lately – including me – that affliction comes with stuffiness, sinus aches, and yes… headaches. It is very possible that Crosby has been dealing with a sinus infection or something like it, which was the culprit the last time news of a possible setback circulated.
Being as that I have worked with the boys at XM radio for a number of years, I am certain that Rimer got his information from reliable sources. However, we will have to wait for tomorrow’s statement to find out if it was all accurate.
I will have an update following whatever statement the team makes tomorrow afternoon… if a statement comes!
Read Rob Rossi’s take on the situation here: Rob Rossi Pittsburgh Tribune Review
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