(Gene J. Puskar / AP)

Crosby has been having concussion symptons since last January and has not been cleared for contact. He has, however, been skating with the team.

The Pens open the season Thursday with a game in Vancouver and the earliest Crosby could be activated is Oct. 13, when the Washington Capitals play at Pittsburgh.

The move to the injured list is no surprise. After practice Saturday, Crosby said that, while things were going well, “I wouldn’t expect” to play Thursday.

Crosby, 24, is expected to travel with the team to the West Coast but will have to be healthy for an undetermined amount of time after he can have contact before he is cleared to play. There’s no timetable for when he’ll be allowed to have contact.

Although NHL rules specify that a player must wait seven days to return to action after being on the injured list, ESPN reports that the rule would not apply to Crosby because he was still on the injured list from last season.