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Here is how those inside the team describe Crosby's current situation: • His work is prescribed in...

Here is how those inside the team describe Crosby's current situation: • His work is prescribed in advance by doctors, and that includes the pattern of when he skates, when he works out off the ice, and when he has a day of rest. None of those, according to the team, is an indication of his status. • Crosby's aim is to be in shape, so that he would be ready to play as soon as possible in these playoffs after he is fully cleared. He is not preparing for the next training camp, and he certainly is not doing it to be a decoy. The goal is to have his conditioning at the point where he could compete -- safely -- at the highest intensity level of hockey. Regaining full strength in his neck muscles, for example, would lessen the impact of any hit that jars the head. Some will recall that, after the first hit on Crosby by Washington's David Steckel, in the Jan. 1 Winter Classic he spoke of feeling neck pain, but no concussion symptoms. • Anytime word emerges that Crosby is meeting with doctors, a buzz tends to follow in anticipation that the meeting could be pivotal. The reality is that Crosby is in communication with his doctors -- and the athletic trainers -- every day without fail.

Crosby's situation is simpler than it appears
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