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Crosby held out of practice, return delayed?

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on November 29, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are on the ice this morning, but Sidney Crosby isn’t with them.

In a surprising development, given many expected Crosby to return tomorrow against Detroit, No. 87 didn’t practice today and will address the media shortly to update his status.

Crosby was held out of the past two games after suffering a headache following Wednesday’s practice. At that time, the Penguins classified his two-game break as “precautionary” and said he’d be working out on Friday.

In his last game, Crosby had a collision with Boston center David Krejci, which many believed to be the cause of this recent setback. But Pens head coach Dan Bylsma said it was “not a one-time incident in the game” that caused his problem.

“He took a couple of hits in the game and didn’t feel 100 percent after the game,” Bylsma told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Crosby missed 61 earlier games because of a concussion and has 12 points in eight games since his return last month.