Sidney Crosby ruled out for season opener

Colby Armstrong joins Jeff Marek to talk about Sidney Crosby's concussion.

Wednesday brought another positive sign for those watching Sidney Crosby‘s concussion recovery but don’t expect him in the lineup for opening night.

The Pittsburgh Penguins superstar started off skating on his own for 30 minutes, as he did Tuesday, but then joined the full team for practice.

Crosby took line rushes with linemates Conor Sheary and Patric Hornqvist. He did, however, skate wearing a yellow, non-contact sweater.

Crosby was concussed in practice Friday and diagnosed with a concussion Monday.

“They happen, in a lot of different sports,” Crosby said Tuesday. “Guys have multiple concussions and they’re fine. You just have to treat them the right way, and make sure that they handle it right and that you’re honest.

“I’m comfortable and confident that things will be OK.”

There is no timetable for his return, and Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan told reporters that Crosby will sit opening night. He’ll need to practise with contact before playing.

The Penguins will raise their championship banner Thursday night before a home game against the Washington Capitals.

“I wish he was playing. I do,” Washington coach Barry Trotz told reporters. “Going into Pittsburgh, you want to see their best.”

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