Crosby will not play Sunday for Penguins

Saturday, 03.10.2012 / 12:34 PM / News

By Alan Robinson - Correspondent

CANONSBURG, Pa.- Sidney Crosby skated on the Pittsburgh Penguins' fifth line Saturday in practice. That was the tip-off right that he won't be playing Sunday against the Boston Bruins.

Crosby, who has had only two full practices since being cleared for full practice for the first time since early December, said he still hasn't had enough contact to play yet in a game. He decided even before practice he wouldn't go on Sunday.

The Penguins have three days off following the fourth home game in less than a week on Sunday, which means the earliest he can play is Thursday against the New York Rangers in Madison Square Garden. Waiting until then would give him two more full practices, on Tuesday and Wednesday, plus a workout on his own and probably with a few teammates on Monday.

Crosby has played in only eight games in 14-plus months because of concussion-like symptoms. He last played Dec. 5, two weeks after he made a spectacular return with two goals and two assists against the New York Islanders in his first game in nearly 11 months.