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Penguins: Sidney Crosby diagnosed with concussion

The team announces Pens captain Sidney Crosby has a concussion

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Oh no.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has been diagnosed with a concussion, it was announced by Executive Vice President and General Manager Jim Rutherford.

Crosby's status will be updated when more information is available. The Penguins open the regular season Thursday night against Washington at PPG Paints Arena.

Crosby sat out Saturday's preseason game vs. Columbus because he was not feeling well, and missed practice today to undergo concussion testing.

Crosby missed almost 2 full years from the 2011-13 seasons dealing with the effects of concussion and neck woes, but hasn't had a major injury since breaking his jaw in the spring of 2013.

He played and won MVP in the World Cup of Hockey and didn't take any obvious shots before returning to practices in Pittsburgh last week including one on Friday. With no obvious signs of issue before today's announcement as to when the injury occurred. As mentioned above, he was scheduled to play on Saturday but didn't play for "not feeling well". Now, it seems like that could be a major storyline going forward.

Update: looks like something may have happened during Friday's practice but team isn't saying for sure and who knows what will come out and if it will be true or not.

This hasn't stopped some from speculating pretty baselessly that this is World Cup of Hockey related, since there was no obvious jarring hit seen by the media in Friday's practice, but who knows. Conspiracy theories run deep and mistrust of the Penguins over their lack of openness isn't unfounded.

But, bottom line is the only thing that matters is that Crosby unfortunately hasn't been feeling well since Saturday. Hopefully he will quickly be able to recover.