U of L guard Kevin Ware: "I feel a lot better" after broken leg - WDRB 41 Louisville News

U of L guard Kevin Ware: "I feel a lot better" after broken leg

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- University of Louisville guard Kevin Ware tweeted out a picture Monday night from his bed at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis of his leg wrapped in a bandage. Another photo showed him standing with crutches.

In a response to a tweet sent by WDRB's Bennett Haeberle, Ware wrote back: "I'm glad I'm on y'alls minds. I'm better. A lot better."

Ware's gruesome injury overshadowed Louisville's win against Duke because of the severity of the injury. It was so traumatic, several players reportedly had to be consoled. Head Coach Rick Pitino and other players could be seen wiping away tears.

The compound fracture was so graphic, many news outlets chose not to re-broadcast the footage or publish photos.

But it is that same injury that Pitino and other players credit with helping motivate the team to win the game. Just moments after suffering the injury, Ware told his teammates: "I'm fine, just win the game."

Paul Rogers, who was calling the game for 840 WHAS radio Sunday, said at first he and his broadcast partner Bob Valvano did not realize the severity of the injury.

"That was difficult just to describe that without being too graphic but make people understand we had something just really nasty happen here," Rogers said in an interview Monday with WDRB News.

While the injury drew national attention and overshadowed the Cards' win, Rogers says it did something else.

"It was very graphic, very tragic and yet very magical - full of emotions and circumstances," he said.

Ware underwent a successful surgery in Indianapolis on Sunday and plans to be back on campus Tuesday, U of L President Dr. James Ramsey told reporters Monday afternoon.

Questions over whether Ware would keep his scholarship the university called "premature" with Ramsey adding:

"We always try to provide the very best to a student who has gone through a situation like that," Ramsey said.

Ware is expected to make a full recovery.

The university's insurance policy generally covers athletlic-related injuries.

But it's believed if Ware re-injures his leg later in life - he would have to cover that expense.

Our emailed questions to the NCAA about that were not returned.

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