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Dr. Collins: I'm Optimistic Sid Will Have a Long, Fruitful Career

Wednesday, 09.7.2011 / 1:20 PM ET / Features
By Sam Kasan
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Dr. Collins: I\'m Optimistic Sid Will Have a Long, Fruitful Career
Penguins center Sidney Crosby, general manager Ray Shero and concussion experts Dr. Michael Collins and Dr. Ted Carrick held a media conference Wednesday afternoon to update Crosby’s status as he recovers from a concussion suffered in early January.

There still is no timetable for a return, but all parties were optimistic Crosby will return and have a long NHL career. In fact, Crosby said he didn’t think a lot about retirement, and when asked if there is a chance he’ll never play again, Crosby responded: “I wouldn’t bet on that.”

Dr. Collins added that he is “optimistic Sid will have a very long, fruitful NHL career.”

More to come from the media conference, but here are some quick key quotes.

“Mentally I feel the best I’ve felt. It’s been a tough road. I did not give a lot of thought to (retirement).”

Dr. Collins:
“I anticipate Sid returning to hockey and playing well in the future. He’s made significant progress, but he won’t play until he’s 100 percent.”

“We’ll introduce contact in a systematic, careful way. The prognosis is excellent that he won’t have long-term problems from the injury.”

“I’m optimistic Sid will have a very long, fruitful NHL career.”

“(Sid) is worth the wait. He won’t be rushed. We’re pleased with his progress.”
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