The team had already ruled him out of Saturday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Crosby trained with the team on Friday, taking part in various drills, although he did not take a face-off or make a contact, and noted that being able to do both was a mandatory hurdle to clear before that a return can be considered.
The wrist surgery, Crosby’s second in a year, was performed to address a problem that has plagued him since 2014, he revealed on Friday.
“The first time I got injured was 7 years ago. (Ryan Reaves) caught up with me pretty well at home here after the Olympics, ”Crosby said. “It’s something I’ve had to deal with since then, and I was able to avoid having to do any surgeries or anything like that until last year.
“It was something that I was still able to handle somehow in the summer, just being able to rest. Then obviously over the course of the year it was something that would sort of come back and I would get out of it. Then this year, it’s just not coming back this summer. “
The Penguins have started the season 2-2-0 despite the absences of Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, who will be out until at least December as he recovers from left knee surgery. Bryan Rust is also out as he faces a lower-body injury that the Penguins have called a “week-to-week” problem.
Pittsburgh will also be without Jeff Carter against the Maple Leafs this weekend. The center has missed the last two workouts after testing positive for COVID-19.
“I still understand that last night he continues to be asymptomatic,” Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said on Friday. “He will follow a certain protocol. It’s quite complicated because it also involves county and state rules and regulations. “
The Penguins have received good news, however, with goaltender Tristan Jarry returning to training after being placed in the league’s COVID-19 protocols on Thursday.
“It has been confirmed to be a false positive,” Sullivan said. “He had to go through a certain process that the league requires from a protocol standpoint. That’s why he was in training today. It is certainly a relief from our point of view. “