Injured Louisville guard Kevin Ware will travel to the Final Four on his crutches and expects to be a big presence for the Cardinals.
Indianapolis, IN - A look at the leg injury to Kevin Ware, a sophomore guard for Louisville's basketball team:
Kevin Ware had successful surgery in Indianapolis to repair broken leg, insert rod in tibia. Will remain until at least Tuesday.
-- WHAT HAPPENED: Ware broke his lower right leg in two places as he contested a 3-point shot during Louisville's victory over Duke in the Midwest Regional final on Sunday. Ware jumped to try and block the shot and his leg bent at practically a right angle when he landed, the bone coming through his skin. The frightening break was captured on national television; the game was one of two Sunday with a berth in the Final Four at stake.
-- COVERAGE: After two initial replays, CBS stopped showing the sequence that included Ware's injury.
-- WARE'S CONDITION: He left the court on a stretcher and taken to Methodist Hospital where he had surgery Sunday night. Louisville trainer Fred Hina said Ware needed surgery immediately because of the risk for infection with an open fracture.
-- PROGNOSIS: Dr. Reed Estes, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and physician for the UAB football team, said surgery to stabilize the bones in such cases is usually successful and Ware should return next season. Louisville coach Rick Pitino said the injury was the same one sustained by former Louisville running back Michael Bush, who has returned to have a productive NFL career with Oakland and Chicago.
Louisville guard Kevin Ware was released from an Indianapolis hospital Tuesday and is headed back to campus, two days after breaking his right leg during the Cardinals' Final Four-clinching victory.
University of Louisville guard Kevin Ware has successful surgery on his broken right leg in Indianapolis, where his Cardinals moved on to the Final Four.
A look at the leg injury to Kevin Ware, a sophomore guard for Louisville's basketball team: