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Crosby diagnosed with soft tissue injury

Jan. 31, 2012 at 7:32 PM   |   Comments

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- An examination of injured Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby revealed he doesn't have a fractured neck, only soft tissue damage, the team said Monday.

The diagnosis was delivered by an independent spinal trauma specialist after the superstar forward complained of swelling in the C1-2 joint of his neck.

Crosby has been out since Dec. 5 with concussion-like symptoms. He was also diagnosed over the weekend with a neck injury.

The specialist, Dr. Alexander Vaccaro of Philadelphia, said the soft tissue damage could be causing some of Crosby's symptoms, which can be similar to those of a concussion.

Doctors believe Crosby is safe and that his injury is treatable, the Penguins said.

They reiterated the 24-year-old will return to the ice when he is symptom-free.

Crosby played only eight games this season before being knocked out of action by a hit from Boston's David Krejci.

He had missed 10 months before that due to a concussion.

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