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Hawks' Chandler Parsons heads to California to rehab injuries

Team overseeing treatment Parsons is getting for whiplash, cervical disc injury

Atlanta Hawks forward Chandler Parsons is heading to California to continue to recover and rehabilitate from the injuries he suffered in a car wreck last week.

The team issued a statement Thursday that said that Parsons: “remains in the first stage of the NBA’s concussion protocol and has not progressed to exertional challenges, such as light conditioning. Additionally, Parsons continues to receive treatment for symptoms of whiplash and the associated cervical disc injury. After discussing with Parsons, his medical team and the doctors at Emory Sports Medicine, it was agreed by all parties that it would be best for Parsons’ recovery for him to return home to California and continue to recover and rehabilitate under the treatment of a team of doctors and therapists overseen by the Hawks and Emory Sports Medicine staff.”

Parsons’ attorneys, John Morgan and Nick Panagakis of the firm Morgan & Morgan, said earlier this week that Parsons suffered “severe and permanent injuries” in a car wreck last week that could jeopardize his career. The attorneys say Parsons injuries include a traumatic brain injury, disk herniation and a torn labrum. Parsons was leaving practice when hit by a driver, who the attorneys say was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

The 31-year-old Parsons, acquired from Memphis last summer, has played just five games for the Hawks. He is averaging 2.8 points and is making more than $25 million in the final year of his contract.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.