Penguins' Crosby to miss 6-8 weeks

Sidney Crosby

Sidney Crosby

1/22/2008 4:02:15 PM

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby will be sidelined six to eight weeks due to a high ankle sprain.

Crosby was re-evaluated by Pittsburgh Penguins team doctor Chip Burke on Tuesday morning and further testing confirmed his high ankle sprain, the Penguins said in a press release.

"I was hoping three to four weeks would be the most," Crosby told the media after the extent of his injury was revealed.

"It hasn't sunk in yet. It's going to be mentally tough as we go along (and he can't play)."

Crosby suffered the injury in the first period of the Friday's game against Tampa Bay when he slid awkwardly into the endboards.


The reigning league MVP was scheduled for an MRI on Monday, but there was still too much swelling. 

Initial reports suggested that Crosby might miss 4-6 weeks, but the Penguins upped that timetable on Tuesday.  Such injuries are notoriously difficult to fully recover from for professional athletes.

Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury suffered a similar injury on December 6 and has not returned to action.

The Penguins placed Crosby on the injured list Monday, a procedural move that allowed them to add an extra forward for their two games before the all-star break.

Crosby was the leading vote-getter for the all-star game, but will not be able to play. He said he would do his best to support the Penguins from the sidelines.

"But I can't go into the dressing room pouting, or be in a grumpy mood," Crosby said. "I can't be coming in every day like that. I can't feel sorry for myself. I have to be there to support the team."

With files from The Canadian Press

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