Hawks guard John Jenkins received an MRI and examination yesterday by Dr. Michael Bernot at Peachtree Orthopedics in Atlanta. The results confirmed his low back muscle pain. He is listed as day-to-day and his status will be updated as appropriate.
The second-year guard is expected to miss the team’s first two preseason games of 2013 against the Miami Heat and Charlotte Bobcats due to back spasms.
The AJC’s Hawks beat writer Chris Vivlamore was the first to report the news:
John Jenkins experiencing back spasms and will not make road trip to Heat and Bobcats (Asheville) as precaution. #ATLHawks
— Chris Vivlamore (@ajchawks) October 6, 2013
The Atlanta Hawks organization later confirmed Vivlamore’s report:
John Jenkins will miss our first two preseason games (Tomorrow and Tuesday) with back spasms. He did not travel with us.
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) October 6, 2013
Jenkins “was experiencing lower back spasms at Sunday’s practice,” according to Vivlamore.
Although it’s nothing serious, head coach Mike Budenholzer made the decision to leave Jenkins behind in Atlanta for “precautionary reasons.”
“We are just being extra cautious and making sure we keep him healthy and take our time,” Budenholzer said. “We want to make sure he is OK.”
Jenkins had to shut himself down for two months during the summer because of a small ligament tear in his back he discovered after returning from summer league play in Las Vegas.
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