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John Jenkins injury: Hawks guard 'weighing options' with back injury

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The agent for John Jenkins and Atlanta Hawks GM Danny Ferry are weighing options as Jenkins continues to battle a back injury that is causing a nerve problem in his leg.

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John Jenkins talked with the AJC's Chris Vivlamore prior to Thursday's game to discuss a nerve problem in his leg that kept him out of action against the Cavs. Jenkins suffered a back injury over the summer and it has hampered him for much of the season. Now he is having pain in his leg that could be related and he is currently weighing his options for treatment. From his interview with Vivlamore:

My back is fine. It's a pain going down my leg. It's irritating. It's uncomfortable. I'm dealing with that. I'll probably get another epidural soon. I'm weighing my options on what I need to do to eliminate this thing forever. It's been too long. It's been preventing me from playing the way I need to be playing. I'm trying to play on it, play through it. It's time to just get it out of the way forever. My agent, Billy Duffy, and the team, (general manager) Danny Ferry, are working on whatever they have to do to end this thing forever.

When asked if he was considering surgery, Jenkins said it was a possibility but that they would like to avoid it. However, getting pain free was the biggest goal.

Possibly but we are trying to avoid that. If it has to come to that, I would have to do it. Whatever it takes to get it done with forever, I'm doing it. I don't think right now that is in the discussion.

Click through to read the entire interview because it talks about what Jenkins has been dealing with. Anyone that has had a back injury of any kind will certainly be able to relate. In the short term it sounds like Jenkins could be out for sometime.