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Sidney Crosby Injury Update; Ryan Reaves Caused Initial Injury in 2014

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Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has been dealing with his wrist injury for seven years. Every summer, he rehabbed. Every summer, it responded. And every season, it worsened until last summer when it didn’t respond.

And that’s why Crosby had wrist surgery on the eve of training camp.

“It was something I was always able to manage in the summer being able to get rest, and then during the year, it was always something that would come back, and I would be able to get through it. But this year, it just wouldn’t come back over the summer when we tried to rehab it and avoid surgery,” said Crosby.

Sidney Crosby, 34, admitted a few things as he discussed his situation and what comes next. Crosby remembered the injurious hit, and for a good reason.

After Friday’s morning skate, the star center revealed to the media that former Penguin Ryan Reaves initially caused a wrist injury to Crosby back in 2014. Reaves caught Crosby at center ice at Consol Energy Center in a March 2014 game where David Backes scored the only goal.

“The first time I ever injured it was seven years ago. Reavo (Ryan Reaves) got a hold of me pretty good at home here after the Olympics, and it was something I have kind of had to manage since then, and I was able to avoid having to do any surgery or anything like that until last year,” said Crosby.

As you can see, Reaves trucked Crosby, who tried to stop a freight train at center ice. Perhaps it wasn’t the smartest play of Crosby’s illustrious career:

Pittsburgh Penguins, Sidney Crosby

 

Crosby was back at practice and skated with the team on Friday. The Pittsburgh Penguins are currently missing Crosby, Evgeni Malkin (knee), Bryan Rust (lower-body), and Jeff Carter (COVID). However, the three-time Stanley Cup Champion is not rushing his return to the team as he continues to nurse his wrist injury, which he had surgery for in early September.

“It has been a progression the past six weeks. I started out skating with no pucks, and one hand on the stick to then progressed to stickhandle a little bit and then shooting eventually. Obviously, being able to join the team means that I can do a little bit more as far as battling and things like that. So I think at this point it is just more of seeing how that progression goes and that will determine eventually when I play,” said Crosby.

One of the more interesting admissions, even if it wasn’t meant as such, was the surgery cannot be repeated–well, maybe on his other wrist.

He had the wrist scoped during the shortened 2020 offseason but had a repair operation in September.

“I think we all felt like it wouldn’t have been something that we would have got through the season with it if I didn’t take care of it. Unfortunately, I will miss some time here early, but I guess the other side of that would be missing a lot more games probably in the middle of the year,” said Crosby.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have six games remaining on their current homestand. It is more than likely that Crosby will be back before the team heads back on the road on Nov. 9. 

Watch the entire Sidney Crosby press conference here:

*Owen Krepps is an intern with Pittsburgh Hockey Now. Dan Kingerski contributed to this story. 

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Owen Krepps is a senior at Robert Morris University and an intern sportswriter for Pittsburgh Hockey Now. He also writes for Colonial Sports Network, Pittsburgh Sports Now, RMU Sentry Media, Pittsburgh Sports Castle, and formerly Vegas Hockey Now and The Titusville Herald. He also runs his own YouTube channel by the name of Owen Krepps.

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William Maloni
William Maloni
8 months ago

II went to the store to buy a six-pack of Owen Krepps but they were all out!!

David
David
8 months ago

Once again it makes me wonder about the Pens doctors. After a couple of years when it kept coming back, did no one wonder whether rehab for the summer was going to be the answer? Why not just have the surgery immediately after the end of one of those seasons? He would have missed no time.

Kenneth Joseph Troutman
Kenneth Joseph Troutman
8 months ago
Reply to  David

Because surgery is a big deal, and so many things can go wrong. If he was getting good for each season and playing at the same level he always had, why risk messing his wrist up for life that early in a career. Surgery is always a last ditch resort for anything because they are human beings. We lose sight of that for our entertainment and Fandom. The seasons schedule most times has no bearing on when that last ditch or emergency surgery happens, whenever it is deciding that the ailment isn’t going away with safe rehab that’s when surgery… Read more »

Jay95
Jay95
8 months ago

I completely agree with your statement. And, to add to that, this surgery can only be done once…it made total sense to rehab as long as he could manage.

Katz
Katz
8 months ago

I guess Bobby Farnham or Craig Adams didn’t deter Reaves from an open Ice hit on Crosby?

There was zero response. LOL Some things never change.

Last edited 8 months ago by Katz
Jay95
Jay95
8 months ago
Reply to  Katz

Watch again…Sid was the one going for the hit. Reeves had the puck and dished it. He was simply bigger, stronger, and had momentum.

DaGama
DaGama
8 months ago
Reply to  Jay95

Looks to me like it was the exact opposite of what you described.

Roger
Roger
8 months ago
Reply to  Jay95

He’s in love with Ryan Reeves because he has won so many stanley cups.

Also, Crosby has such a high hockey IQ…what was he thinking?!?!

Bob Fowler
Bob Fowler
8 months ago

I guess Marc Methot was Reaves’ fault by extension…well not extending his missing finger

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