The Pittsburgh Penguins announced on Tuesday that Sidney Crosby will not require surgery on his injured right wrist, but agent Pat Brisson said surgery is still a possibility if treatment doesn't work.
"If this treatment works, you avoid surgery and move on," Pat Brisson told the Post-Gazette. "If it doesn't, he will have to go that (surgical) route."
Brisson did not provide specific details on the treatment, but said Crosby will receive injections and determine over the next few weeks whether surgery is necessary.
The Post-Gazette reported last week that Crosby was set to have surgery, and Brisson said that was true until another doctor suggested the injections.
"We scheduled an appointment with another physician and were told (Monday) that with this certain treatment, this may work," he told the paper. "It's a form of injection that has been proven to work, but sometimes it doesn't work. I don't want to get into all the details.
"It's a medical way of treating certain injuries."
Brisson said Crosby's injury is to the wrist/hand area, and was first suffered in March.
On Tuesday, the Penguins announced Crosby would avoid surgery.
"After seeking additional medical advice, doctors have decided not to perform surgery on Sidney Crosby's wrist," the team announced Tuesday via Twitter. "Sid will continue treatments and be evaluated regularly while he prepares for training camp in September."
Crosby, who the Hart Trophy as league MVP after scoring a league-best 104 points, is not expected to miss any time next season unless surgery ultimately deemed to be necessary.
Crosby did not play up to his typical standards during the playoffs, but denied at the time that he was injured.
"He knew that something was wrong, but kept going," Brisson told the Post-Gazette. "Obviously, you don't talk about these things (while still involved in games), but you have to heal at some point."