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March 5, 2004 - Primeau one test away from returning

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Primeau one test away from returning

Keith Primeau says he's just a neurological exam away from returning to the Philadelphia Flyers lineup.

Primeau failed to pass a base-line test performed recently by Dr. Gerri McGinnis, which will delay his return to the lineup.

"My memory and my visual memory results were fine," Primeau tells

"I'm not sure of the connect-the-dots one is cognitive (the one he failed). But after talking with Dr. McGinnis, it's the one test of all she puts the most stock in. So that wasn't what I wanted to hear from her."

Primeau had been hoping to return to the Flyers lineup this weekend and while he experienced a few post-concussion symptoms this week, he has been given permission to continue increasing his workload.

Primeau, who has been recovering from a concussion he received back on February 12, could be re-examined this weekend or early next week.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Roenick is expected to undergo his own base-line test on Monday to determine the level of his recovery from a broken jaw and concussion. Roenick says he's felt "awesome" after going through a strenuous workout Thursday but knows he's not ready to resume playing just yet.

Defenseman Eric Desjardins will undergo either a bone scan or an MRI on his forearm next week to determine if he's fit to return to the lineup. Desjardins says if he is cleared resume playing, he could be back following "a few practices". Head coach Ken Hitchcock says a more realistic timetable is two weeks.