Jenkins has back surgery, out for season

The painful sophomore season of John Jenkins has come to an end.

The Hawks guard, a first-round pick in 2012, had lower back surgery Monday morning. He will miss the rest of the season.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Hal Silcox from the Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic. According to the Hawks, Jenkins will undergo a period of rest and recovery, followed by treatment and rehabilitation.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported last week that Jenkins was seriously considering and would most likely opt for surgery.

Jenkins has appeared in just 13 games this season, averaging 3.1 points and 1.7 rebounds in 12.2 minutes. He has not played since the nerve pain in his leg associated with the lower back injury flared up Dec. 26 before the Hawks played at Cleveland. Jenkins has missed the past 18 games.