Sidney Crosby Officially Cleared for Full Contact

Sidney Crosby's black helmet at practice this morning started the speculation that he has been cleared for contact. Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Penguins official website.

The news Pens fans have been wanting to hear for so long has finally happened.

Sidney Crosby has been officially cleared for contact.

Rumors started spreading Monday afternoon that Crosby was going to meet with his doctors sometime this week in hopes of being cleared for contact and taking the next big step towards his recovery. And when Crosby was spotted at morning practice with a black helmet instead of his usual white helmet of shame, it sent the hockey world into a frenzy that he had been cleared for contact.

At approximately 11:25 am this morning, Crosby himself confirmed that he will be able to take full contact practices again.

“I’m cleared for full contact. It’s a good step in the right direction,” Crosby said. “We’ll see how it goes in the next little bit.”

Crosby did not test out contact in today’s practice, since there was no contact in the morning skate. He did, however, center a line with Matt Cooke and Pascal Dupuis as his wingers. He also practiced with the team’s first power play unit (Crosby, Sullivan and Kunitz down low, with Letang and Malkin up top.)

Speculate all you want about when Crosby will return, but Dan Bylsma’s going to have none of it.

“I’m not going to give you a timetable [on Crosby’s return to a game situation] and not going to make one right now,” he said.

Even though we don’t know when we’ll get to see Crosby lace it up in an actual game, it’s still exciting that he’s taken the next step in his recovery and is that much closer to returning. In other words, it may not be Christmas just yet, but the holiday season is definitely upon us.