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Nuggets G Rudy Fernandez to undergo back surgery

Productive reserve expected to miss remainder of regular season

Nuggets guard Rudy Fernandez averaged 8.6 points and 2.4 assists in 31 games with Denver this season.
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DENVER, March 22, 2012 – Nuggets G Rudy Fernandez will require surgery on his lower back and is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season.

Fernandez, 26, missed 12 games this season due to a lower back strain, and the injury recently flared up against Dallas on March 19, prompting further evaluation and more diagnostic testing. A date for the surgery has yet to be scheduled.

In 31 games for the Nuggets this season (one start), Fernandez averaged 8.6 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.03 steals in 22.9 minutes. He was acquired by Denver, along with Corey Brewer, from Dallas in exchange for a future second-round pick on Dec. 13, 2011.