Primeau to attempt last comeback from concussion

Updated: July 20, 2006, 12:28 AM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Flyers center Keith Primeau will try a comeback despite lingering symptoms from a concussion that sidelined him last season.

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"I am going to make one more attempt to get myself prepared to play this season, but I also understand that I'm running out of time for opportunities or chances to get myself ready to play," Primeau said Wednesday.

The Flyers' captain sustained a concussion on Oct. 25 after a hit from Montreal's Alexander Perezhogin. It was the latest and most severe in a series of head injuries in a 15-year career.

Primeau said he still feels residual pressure in his head. He called it the "last stretch" of his symptoms, but doesn't know when they'll disappear.

Primeau, who has two years and $6.84 million remaining on his contract, knows the Flyers will need a decision from him soon for salary cap considerations.

He decided to skip a planned four-week training trip to Finland. Primeau was evaluated last week by team physician Gary Dorshimer.

"I just felt that the day was fast approaching and that I wasn't at a point where I was ready to head over there in the middle of August," Primeau said. "After visiting with Dr. Dorshimer last week, all he did was reconfirm my decision."

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