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Pens fans should be worried about Crosby

Deep in the back of many, if not all Penguins' fans, there should have been concern about Sidney Crosby's health.

There was probably some who worried more than others, but the threat was real: What if Crosby gets another concussion?

It didn't take too long to find out. Crosby missed two games last week as a precaution after a hard hit against the Bruins.

That precaution has been elevated. Crosby is out indefinitely with concussion-like symptoms. He didn't suffer a concussion, they say, it's just his body's not right.

I don't know about you, but I'm worried.

Yeah, I'm worried about the Penguins and Crosby's career. But that's nothing compared to Sid's health. That should be everyone's concern.

I'm afraid what might happen if a goon takes a cheap shot on Crosby. It doesn't even have to be a cheap shot. Crosby could get leveled by a clean check and that could end his career.

It might not matter how long Crosby sits. It could be three years, and that might not help at all if he returns.

I keep thinking of Eric Lindros and hope Crosby doesn't have to retire early.

Maybe I'm being paranoid. Maybe Crosby comes back and has a long, uninterrupted career.

As a fan, and someone who wants Crosby to have a healthy life after hockey, let's hope that's how it goes.


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