Sidney Crosby takes next step

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, out since Jan. 6 because of a concussion, has been approved to participate in light workouts, the team announced on its website Friday night.

A source within the organization told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he is cleared for light, off-ice workouts.

Crosby, unable to play in this weekend's All-Star Game because of his symptoms, has missed nine games after getting hit headfirst into the boards by Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman in a Jan. 5 game. He also had absorbed a blindside hit to the head from Washington Capitals forward David Steckel during the Jan. 1 Winter Classic outdoors game.

The All-Star Game's top vote-getter has been battling headaches and restricted from any sort of physical activity, both on and off the ice.

"You sit around and can't do anything," Crosby said Monday. "Early on, I could barely watch TV. I've been able to do that more. It's the things you take for granted and do every day, like driving. ... Just getting through that without getting a headache or feeling a little off are the things you take for granted."

The Penguins are off until Monday for the All-Star break, and their next game is Tuesday against the Rangers in New York.