Danny Briere is headed back to the doctor.

Even after playing three games with the Phantoms in the last week and thinking that he had turned the corner, the star center barely practiced at the pregame skate this morning and will not play tonight against Atlanta.

In what coach John Stevens did not hesitate to call a setback, Briere was not reactivated and was on his way for another reevaluation because his groin and his abdomen are sore again.

"Clearly, it's a setback" Stevens said. "If you can add a player of his caliber you want to do that, but at the same time, if he's not healthy, he's not healthy and we have to get ready to play a game with the guys that are healthy.

"He's going to get reevaluated again and see where it goes from there, but clearly he's sore where we hoped that he wouldn't be and he's not ready to go."

Moreover, Briere, who has played just nine games this season, does not know what is wrong.

"I don't feel good," Breire said. "It's the groin, the stomach. That's the problem right now nobody really knows." *