Penguins' Sidney Crosby tests positive for COVID, reportedly experiencing symptoms

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Both center Sidney Crosby and defenseman Brian Dumoulin have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Head coach Mike Sullivan made the announcement on Wednesday afternoon.

Sullivan says that Dumoulin is asymptomatic, but Crosby is experiencing symptoms.

“It’s tough, I’m not gonna lie, we are trying to do all the right things we have a discussion, if not daily (then) a few times a week we’re all trying to do the right things to mitigate the risks, said Sullivan. “It’s not just the players in the families, you know everybody’s involved here it’s a little bit discouraging because I know how disciplined our group it and as an organization we are trying to do everything we can to mitigate the risk and we’re still getting it.”

Nearly 10 Penguins players have gone into the NHL COVID protocol.

Asymptomatic players can come back after testing negative twice.

Symptomatic players have to wait 10 days and have a medical examination before they can return to the ice.

Crosby just returned from wrist surgery and has only played in one game so far this season, a 4-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.

Sullivan also get an update on Chad Ruhwedel and Marcus Peterson who are also in the protocol. They are both expierencing mild symptoms and are improving.

Defenseman Kris Letang practiced on Wednesday.

“I thought he had a good practice, we’ll visit with the medical team and Kris, see how he responds and make a decision tomorrow to see whether he plays," said Sullivan.

Letang said he experienced an array of symptoms while battling COVID.

"I had pretty much all the symptoms. Congestion, headaches, pressure in the forehead, coughing, loss of taste and smell, body aches and pain in the lower back. That lasted between 4-5 days, and after that, it was getting better and better every day."

The Penguins play the Philadelphia Flyers at home Thursday evening.

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