In the Post-Gazette this morning, Sean Hamill gives all Penguins fans at least a little reason to exhale. He interviewed David Dattilo, the director of oral and maxillofacial surgery for West Penn Allegheny Health System, about the healing process for broken jaws held together by titanium plates. With the obvious caveat that Dattilo is not Crosby's doctor (Sid is being treated at UPMC), the high-level overview is still (relatively) good news: Assuming no setbacks, and assuming that Sid keeps up his diet (which he surely will), he's looking at a return to action in 3-4 weeks, possibly even without special protective head gear. The Pens' first playoff game should be May 1st, which would be 32 days (4.5 weeks) after the injury.
Crosby released an email that is notable only for the fact that it confirms that Sid's personality is unchanged by this latest injury: he remains one of the most boring quotes in professional sports.
What makes this all so wonderful is that Dattilo's Patient X for being so confident that Crosby will be back in 3-4 weeks is none other than Ben Roethlisberger.
|Get ready for some leadership.|
|Ben at training camp in 2006 telling fans he's starting to feel a little tightness in his appendix.|
|Our reflex is to believe this is photoshopped.|
I had a jaw in 2006. Having a jaw is not the same as a shoulder or a knee or a rib. The thing is, when I had my jaw I also had a shoulder, a knee, a few ribs, and a head. Then I got the appendix so that makes it a little different. Anyway, the hardest part about having a jaw is that it makes it harder to communicate with my guys. Sometimes you just want to grab your men and say 'Great job, Tone,' but you can't. But one time before training camp I actually reached into my mouth, unscrewed the titanium plates, pulled Jeff Hartings aside and said, 'Great job, JH.' We're just one big family here in Pittsburgh and I know that Sid's brothers will look out for him and I consider all those guys my brothers so I'll be looking out for them, too. Family first.