Sidney Crosby has the mumps.
It was obvious to a lot of people that something was drastically wrong after seeing his face swollen up on Friday- after participating in practice with the team, but the Pittsburgh Penguins stuck to their guns that the tests had not confirmed it. Finally, today, they announced Crosby is in fact mumped up, which will lead to questions about how team Dr. Dharmesh Vyas and training staff led by Chris Stewart handled the situation.
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A quote by general manager Jim Rutherford is possibly the most troubling one of the day (with our emphasis added).
"Quite frankly that decision [to practice Friday] was approved [by the medical staff] ," Rutherford said. "His condition worsened after the skate. That's when I got the call from Dr. Vyas. I think it was at 5 in the afternoon. He said he could play in the game, but there certainly would be risk. That's when we said we weren't going to do that."