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Despite the setback, Crosby insisted he didn’t feel “bad,” just a little off. He went through a painstakingly slow rehabilitation after being diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms in January. He doesn’t believe he’s anywhere close to that situation.

He will, however, have to follow similar protocols. Crosby joined the Penguins at the start of training camp but spent more than two months practicing before getting cleared to play.

“It’s kind of that whole routine again, but hopefully not as long,” he said. “That’s something where when I wasn’t doing something for 6-7 months, that process is a little longer. Hopefully that’s not the case here.”

Crosby is the fourth Pittsburgh player to be diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms this season. Forward Tyler Kennedy and defensemen Zybnek Michalek and Kris Letang have also struggled with concussion problems.

Then again, the Penguins are hardly the only team affected by concussions. Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux, the league’s leading scorer, will miss Tuesday’s game with Washington while he overcomes a head injury. Crosby’s situation has raised awareness about the nature of concussions, leaving teams more cautious than ever on how to treat the problem before clearing players to return to the ice.

“I get the feeling, I think if it was up to [Giroux], he’d play tomorrow,” Flyers forward Jaromir Jagr said. “The doctors have to make sure. You don’t want anything like what happened to Crosby. You have to be very careful.”

The Penguins, who are tied for second with the New York Rangers in the Atlantic Division, will also be without forward Richard Park for the next 4-6 weeks while he recovers from a fractured right foot. Center Jordan Staal remains day-to-day with a lower body injury.

Will Crosby be back before Park returns? He’s not sure. Yet he’d rather take his time than rush back too soon.

“I don’t think frustrating, that even describes it,” he said. “It’s not fun but I look at my ImPACT, I look at some of that stuff and I’m way better off than I was dealing with this stuff 10 months ago or whenever it was.”