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Welcome back Crosby (to game-day skates) - 03-30-11

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Another day. Another step further.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has been given medical clearance to resume practicing with his teammates and will travel with the team for its upcoming Florida road trip.

Correction: Crosby will be allowed to participate in game-day skates but has not been given medical clearance to resume practicing. No contact. He will travel with the team for its upcoming road trip to Florida.

Regarding the potential for Crosby to return in the regular season, Penguins general manager Ray Shero said, "As a manager, I have no expectation that he’s coming back to play in the regular season. I don’t believe that’s going to happen. In terms of playing in the playoffs for us, that’s still two or three weeks away. I don’t want to take away any hope from (Crosby), but to return to game action for the Stanley Cup playoffs takes a certain level of fitness and game-(readiness), and he is certainly not close to that at this point.”

Crosby, who has been sidelined since Jan. 5, did not practice today. He had a scheduled day off. He has been skating primarily with strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar for the past three weeks.

In 41 games this season, he has 66 points  (32 goals, 34 points).

UPDATE: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma announced forward Dustin Jeffrey will undergo surgery on his injured right knee Tuesday. The full extent of the damage to his knee is still unknown. Jeffrey was injured in last Thursday's game in Philadelphia.

(Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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