"The good news is he's safe," Brisson told ESPN.com. "It's treatable, which is positive."
An official statement was later released by the Penguins regarding Crosby's health.
"The diagnosis of Dr. Robert S. Bray, a neurological spine specialist based in Los Angeles, is that Sidney Crosby had suffered a neck injury in addition to a concussion," the release read. "Dr. Bray reports that the neck injury is fully healed. Those findings will be evaluated by independent specialists over the next few days. The most important goal all along has been Sidney's return to full health, and we are encouraged that progress continues to be made."
According to Brisson, the star player remains hopeful he can return to game action this season.
Crosby has been limited to just eight games this season due to a concussion that he originally suffered back in January 2011. He collected two goals and 10 assists for 12 points, but has been sidelined again with concussion-like symptoms.
Crosby has resumed skating as he pursues a second comeback this season. He hasn't played since Dec. 5, and Pens GM Ray Shero pointed out that his captain won't return in the lineup until those symptoms are completely under control.
"He's not going to (play) until those symptoms resolve. Hopefully (we'll) have him back at some point here soon," Shero added. "Let's just see what happens this week once we get some more information from his trip to California. I'm optimistic he's going to play."
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