Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will not play in Tuesday's season opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning, he told Steve Levy in an interview that aired on Monday Night Football.

Crosby, 34, made the trip to Tampa Bay and has begun practicing with the team, but he is still recovering from surgery on his left wrist that he underwent in early September. The initial timetable for Crosby's return was six weeks.

"I won't be in unfortunately," Crosby said. "But ... getting better, getting closer. Hopefully soon."