Pittsburgh, PA (WKBW-ESPN- By Scott Burnside)
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has been cleared to practice, with no contact, for the first time in almost three months, according to his agent, but there remains no timetable for his return to action after being sidelined by post-concussion symptoms.
"Sidney is continuing to progress well. It's another step in the right direction but I will say this again. There is no timetable for a return at all. It's just another echelon he is going through and part of the recovery," Crosby's agent, Pat Brisson, told ESPN.com Wednesday.
What kind of practice Crosby is cleared for is unclear. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, he is allowed to join teammates for game-day skates, during which there is no contact. But doctors have not cleared him for full practices, which would include contact, the newspaper reported.
Crosby has not played since Jan. 6, when he was hit headfirst into the boards by Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman. He also took a blindside hit to the head from then-Washington forward David Steckel during the Jan. 1 Winter Classic outdoors game at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field.
He returned to the ice for the first time March 14, but has been doing only solo drills and stickwork.
Crosby is traveling with the team to Florida for the Penguins' game Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.