When Ben Roethlisberger's season was cut short after a an elbow injury that required surgery, he started growing a pretty impressive beard.
Last month during a game broadcast on NBC, Roethlisberger told sideline reporter Michelle Tafoya that he wasn't going to shave the beard until he's able to resume throwing the football.
Coincidentally, after Sidney Crosby underwent core muscle surgery earlier this season, he started growing a rare midseason beard. This is what he looked like in the last game he played on Nov. 9:
[caption id="attachment_947268" align="aligncenter" width="640"] MATT SUNDAY / DKPS[/caption]
... and this is what he looked like on Tuesday, when he skated with the Penguins in a skills practice due to ice time availability, but didn't actually participate in a full regular practice with the team:
[caption id="attachment_945690" align="aligncenter" width="640"] TAYLOR HAASE / DKPS[/caption]
So ... it was interesting to see on Thursday, after the Penguins' 3-2 overtime loss to the Sharks, that Crosby had finally shaved the beard after nearly two months. Completely gone.
Knowing the way Crosby operates, and that it wouldn't be surprising if the beard were tied into some superstition, I tweeted this after seeing the change: