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Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Crosby returns to practice after suffering bruised right foot

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Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby was back on the ice Tuesday morning after missing Monday's practice because of a bruised right foot.

"It's already swollen and bruised and, with a couple of days in between [games], I don't want to go out there and make it swell up," Crosby told local reporters Monday. "I just want to get the swelling down and make sure it's ready for Wednesday [against Montreal]."

Crosby, who said he intends to play Wednesday, hurt the foot while blocking a shot by Anaheim defenseman Francois Beauchemin in Saturday's 5-4 victory over the Ducks.

Local reports said X-rays didn't detect any fractures in the foot.

"It was a different foot, so I didn't think it was the same thing," Crosby told reporters. "There was pain there, so obviously something went through my mind, but the X-rays were negative so that's a good sign."

Thoughts automatically turned to the spring, when Crosby played the final weeks of the season and playoffs with a stress fracture in his left foot. The Penguins didn't reveal that injury until after they were eliminated in the first round by the Ottawa Senators.