Sidney Crosby had a change in helmet - and thereby a change in status on Thursday.
The Pittsburgh Penguins' captain participated in practice with a black helmet - as opposed to a white one. The difference in helmet color detailed that Crosby has been cleared for contact at practice.
The team later confirmed that this is the case, but reiterated that there is still no timetable for Crosby to return to game action.
The 2007 NHL MVP missed half of last season after being hit in the head by Washington's David Steckel in the Winter Classic on New Year's Day. He also played on Jan. 5, but did not compete again due to a concussion and its aftereffects.
Crosby traveled with the Penguins on their season-opening road trip and made an appearance at team's home opener against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old Crosby had 32 goals and 34 assists in 41 games last season.