Sidney Crosby takes step forward in comeback

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby, center, and Dr. Michael Collins, right, listen as Dr. Ted Carrick, left, describes Crosby's progress in his recovery from a concussion he suffered in January 2011, during an NHL hockey news conference in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011.
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PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby has been cleared for contact as he continues his comeback from concussion-like symptoms.

Crosby stressed there's still no timetable for his return to game action but acknowledged being allowed to be hit by his teammates is an important step.

The former MVP wore a black helmet during a morning skate on Thursday. He previously wore a white helmet during practices to indicate he was not to be touched during drills.

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Coach Dan Bylsma says it will be up to Crosby to initiate contact with his teammates. The team is in no rush to get Crosby back. The Penguins are 3-0-1 in four games this season and host Washington on Thursday night.

Crosby hasn't played since suffering a pair of concussions in early January.