Penguins Captain Sidney Crosby Cleared for Contact

Pittsburgh PenguinsSidney CrosbyNew York Islanders

"Sid the Kid" is back on the ice. The Penguins captain participated in his first full practice but that doesn't mean he is going to suit up right away. Crosby's hour-long workout was his first full practice since concussion-like symptoms returned in early December.

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The ever-cautious Crosby insists there still is no timetable on when he'll be cleared to play in a game, but he looked crisp while spending more than an hour on the Consol Energy Center ice.

''It's a good step,'' Crosby said. ''Hopefully, I can keep the momentum and get out there soon.''

Though the headaches and motion issues that have bothered him intermittently since a loss to Boston on Dec. 5 have subsided, Crosby has been through this drill too often over the last 14 months to get too excited.

The 24-year-old former MVP was spectacular in his return from a 10-month layoff in November, scoring twice in his season debut against the New York Islanders and collecting 12 points in eight games before he woke up with an all-too familiar feeling on Dec. 6.

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