Penguins: Crosby Injury Mystery Deepens

The Pittsburgh Penguins dropped a 3-2 decision to the New York Rangers Tuesday and Sidney Crosby, as reported, was not in the lineup.

The story of one of the best players in hockey missing any time is obviously an important one, but this particular tale is full of twists, turns and speculation.

Things presumably began Saturday, with Crosby leaving that night’s 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in the third period. He was tangled up with Erik Gustafsson, then took a shot off the foot. He did not return to the game.

On Monday, head coach Mike Sullivan was asked about Crosby and said he wouldn’t play against the Rangers. He was “continuing to be evaluated.” The injury, such as it is, is undisclosed.

When asked if Crosby would be out long term, Sullivan answered that he did not know what “long term” meant. It was all relative, evidently.

So what is known is nothing, more or less, but the Penguins are being rather ambiguous about the status of their star.

Now, we come to the report by The Athletic’s Rob Rossi. He states that Crosby has a sports hernia and is contemplating a number of treatment options, including surgery. Having surgery would amount to missing about four to six weeks of action.

According to Rossi, Crosby aggravated the sports hernia during the aforementioned tangle with Gustafsson on Saturday. He’d been dealing with it since training camp, but the weekend’s activity unfortunately jumped the matter to the foreground.

Crosby could’ve had surgery last month, but the host of Penguins injuries made him put it off. Now, it’s another story. Reportedly.

There are other treatment options for this sports hernia, including steroid injections, but that leads to the risk of reinjury and only puts surgery off until season’s end. If the Penguins go on a longer playoff run, it’s feasible Crosby will be playing through considerable pain and/or discomfort.

According to Rossi, the Penguins want Crosby to have the surgery sooner rather than later. He’s reportedly met with a specialist in Philadelphia, so a decision could be coming shortly.

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