Penguins' Sidney Crosby remains out of lineup Thursday vs. Flames

Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan gives the latest injury update on Sidney Crosby, says he's close to a return, but they want to keep his timeline internal, also says Jeff Carter is close to returning from COVID protocols. Courtesy: Pens TV.

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will not be making his season debut Thursday against the Calgary Flames, head coach Mike Sullivan announced.

Crosby has yet to play this season after having wrist surgery in August. On Wednesday, Sullivan told media Crosby was "real close" to returning to the lineup.

"We'll see how he responds," Sullivan said Wednesday. "We'll listen to the medical staff and we'll make decisions accordingly. But we're really encouraged with his progress."

Crosby has been practicing regularly with the Penguins in recent days and was a participant in the team's optional morning skate Thursday morning.

Sullivan also provided brief updates on his two players in COVID protocol, saying Kris Letang remains symptomatic and Jeff Carter is still asymptomatic. He added that Carter could rejoin the team for practice on Friday.

The Penguins have a light schedule over the next week with a game against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday and then four days off before they face the Philadelphia Flyers on Nov. 4.

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