There is some bad news coming out of Pittsburgh surrounding Penguins star center Sidney Crosby. After being hit in the face with a puck over the weekend, Crosby was taken to the hospital and had surgery on his broken jaw. Initially, the team just announced that Crosby would be out indefinitely, but now there is some concern that it could be much longer.
Concern began to rise when Crosby spent two days in the hospital after his surgery because of his history with concussions.
Now that the dust has settled, it looks like those concerns could be a reality.
There are numerous rumors and reports making the rounds that the Penguins star will likely miss the rest of the season because of concussion symptoms. If that proves to be true, it could be a devastating blow to the Penguins championship hopes.
Howard Eskin has also passed along a report on Twitter:
I’m not hearing good news bout #penguins Sidney Crosby. Being told he is likely out for rest of season with concussion symptoms
— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) April 4, 2013
Of course, Josh Yohe of the Tribune-Review is refuting the report and claims that Crosby is symptom free.
Sid does not have concussion symptoms. Can’t make it more clear than that.
— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_Trib) April 4, 2013
With that news, the East is up for grabs.
If Eskin’s report is true, it is especially troubling because of Crosby’s past with concussions and you have to wonder how this could damage his career moving forward. Could this be the end of Crosby’s career? Should the Penguins continue to put Crosby on the ice knowing that he is only a few big hits away from being a vegetable for the rest of his life? Concussions are nothing to mess around with.
How would Crosby’s absence affect the Penguins in their quest for the Stanley Cup? Would they still be the favorites to take it all with their loaded roster or could another contender emerge?
Is the rumor true? We’ll have to see how the story continues to develop.
Sound off in the comments section and let us hear your thoughts on the potential loss of Crosby for the remainder of the season.