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Marvin Williams Injury: Hawks Forward Has Back Surgery

Atlanta Hawks forward Marvin Williams had outpatient surgery to repair a bulging disk. He will be sidelined for six-to-eight weeks.

Dr. Hal Silcox of Peachtree Orthopedic Clinics performed the surgery on Wednesday morning. Williams was out of the surgery center and back home by the afternoon and will immediately begin rehab. The 24-year-old Williams underwent a surgery called a discectomy to fix a lone bulging disk in his lower back. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Williams, who was selected with the 2nd overall pick in the 2005 draft, played in 65 games in the 2010-11 campaign, averaging 10.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. The former collegiate national champion with the North Carolina Tar Heels has played in 430 games with the Hawks, averaging 11.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest over his six-year pro career.

Williams is under contract with the Hawks for two more seasons. He has a player option for the 2013-14 campaign.

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