Rudy Fernandez Injury: Nuggets G Expected To Miss Rest Of Season Following Back Surgery

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 06: Rudy Fernandez #5 of the Denver Nuggets shoots the ball over Marco Belinelli #8 of the New Orleans Hornets at the New Orleans Arena on January 6, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Nuggets defeated the Hornets 96-88. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The Denver Nuggets will have to find a backup for the backup as SG Rudy Fernandez ends his season with back surgery.

The Denver Nuggets, fighting for a playoff spot in the Western Conference, lost some of their depth on Thursday as backup SG Rudy Fernandez was shut down for the remainder of the 2011-12 season:

Fernandez had played in 31 games for the Nuggets in his first season in Denver, averaging about 23 minutes per game and 8.6 points and 2.4 assists per game. The fourth-year guard out of Palma de Mallorca, Spain, has only started 10 games in his career, but was a valuable asset last February, scoring double-digit points five times from the bench.

With Fernandez out, the team may lean more heavily on reserve SG Corey Brewer.

For more on the Denver basketball team, drop by the Nuggets blog Denver Stiffs. And be sure to drop by the SB Nation NBA news hub for updates and analysis from around the league.

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