Crosby not sure of Sunday return

Penguins forward Sidney Crosby has been cleared for contact and is gearing up to play again....

Penguins forward Sidney Crosby has been cleared for contact and is gearing up to play again. (CHRISTINNE MUSCHI/Reuters file photo)

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Sounds like Sidney Crosby's body is willing but his mind, well, not so much.

Even though he was cleared to play earlier this week, Crosby said Friday he still wasn't sure if he'd be in the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup Sunday against the Boston Bruins. He indicated Tuesday that he was aiming to return from his three-month layoff on Sunday but that might not be the case any more.

"It went pretty good, but we haven't practiced a lot," Crosby said. "A couple of morning skates and (working) with two guys yesterday (Thursday) ... I probably haven't been as tested as much as I would like. (You've got to) make sure you test yourself, and I'm going to try my best to do that. I did it today, we'll see tomorrow and we'll kind of go from there."

Crosby has been limited to eight games this season due to concussion-like symptoms. He returned from an 11-month layoff due to a concussion on Nov. 21 and lasted eight games before getting hurt again, which later turned out to be a soft-tissue injury in his neck.

Even though doctors have told him he can play again, he doesn't want to suit up before he's sure he's ready.

"There's no need in rushing anything," Crosby said. "(You've got to) make sure you're ready and, like I said, I don't want to go through this one more time."


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