LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- One day after Kevin Ware went down with a horrific leg injury as the Louisville Cardinals played the Duke Blue Devils Sunday, he was up and walking on crutches.
Photos from University of Louisville athletics officials show Ware standing on his crutches while wearing a hospital gown and a Cardinals ball cap that says "CHAMPIONS." His injured leg is bandaged. Another photo shows Ware holding the Midwest Regional trophy in his hospital bed, flanked by U of L coach Rick Pitino and his son Richard Pitino.
Ware had the bone re-set, the wound from the injury closed and a rod was inserted in his right tibia during a two-hour surgery, a statement from the University of Louisville read.
Ware's injury during the first half drew grimaces, groans and shock from U of L players, coaches and fans. Head Coach Rick Pitino was visibly upset and could be seen wiping away tears as Ware was carted off the court and taken to Methodist Hospital.
Ware repeatedly told his team: "I'll be fine, just win."
The injury drew national attention and created a stir on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.
The university's statement said Ware will remain in Indianapolis until at least Tuesday. He hopes to return to Louisville and then join the Cardinals as they advance to the NCAA Final Four in Atlanta. A timetable has not been set for his return to basketball competition.
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