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NHL mumps: Sidney Crosby skates, but 3 more Penguins tested

Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby skated on Wednesday as he points toward a return from a bout with mumps, but the Penguins held goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and defencemen Olli Maatta and Robert Bortuzzo out of practice while they undergo testing.

Fleury, Maatta, Bortuzzo miss practice

Sidney Crosby has missed Pittsburgh's last three games after being diagnosed with the mumps, and it's uncertain whether he'll be cleared to play Thursday. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby returned from a bout with mumps, while several teammates were tested for the virus as a precaution.

Crosby worked out Wednesday for the first time after missing three games. He could return to the lineup as early as Thursday night when the Penguins face Colorado.

General manager Jim Rutherford said Crosby is "doing well," and he'll let Crosby and coach Mike Johnston decide the timetable for a possible return.

The Penguins held goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and defencemen Olli Maatta and Robert Bortuzzo out of practice Wednesday while they get tested for mumps. All three players tested negative for mumps earlier in December. Fleury's been ruled out of Thursday's game according to nhl.com and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

"We're being cautious," Rutherford said. "All three of those players are in isolation. Any time that anybody even starts to not feel well, even if it's not mumps-like symptoms, we've gotten the person or player out of here as soon as we can."

At least five NHL teams have been affected by the virus, which causes swollen salivary glands and fatigue.

Pittsburgh forward Beau Bennett was diagnosed with mumps on Tuesday. Rutherford said the team is taking extra measures to sanitize Consol Energy Center.

The club is recommending employees and members of the support staff receive booster shots.

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