Sidney Crosby acknowledged it could have been a lot worse.

Crosby's head was hit during a collision with defenseman Simon Despres during a scrimmage Friday. There was no indication of injury and/or concussion symptoms Crosby said.

Despres was not at fault Crosby said.

“I thought he had gone off for a line change” said Crosby whose head was down as he attempted to turn a breakout pass from Letang into a full breakaway.

“(Despres) let up on me. He could have really drilled me.”

Despres who is fighting to earn a top-six slot on defense said he “saw (Crosby) only a few seconds before” the hit.

“I knew it was him” Despres said. “Still I hit his head so I was a little scared.”

Bylsma had no problem with the hit even though Crosby his club's captain played in only 22 regular-season games from Jan. 5 2011 to March 8 2012 because of concussion symptoms.