(WHAS11) -- Louisville guard Kevin Ware has been released from the hospital. A picture was tweeted by IU Health at approximately 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Ware underwent successful surgery at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis on Sunday night to repair a broken bone in his right leg.
Ware had the bone re-set, the wound from the injury closed and a rod inserted in his right tibia during approximately two hours of surgery. He suffered the injury in the first half of the Cardinals’ 85-63 Midwest Regional Championship victory over Duke.
Many, including those at the University of Louisville are optimistic Ware will make a successful comeback after the injury.
“He is doing very well,” Kenny Klein, the Senior Associate Athletic Director at University of Louisville said. “He was up on crutches yesterday [Monday]. We had him walking. It will be a long process for him, but I am sure he will be up to the task of getting back out there on the court.”
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Almost 28 years ago NFL great Joe Theismann had a similar injury that ended his career.
“There are two sides to rehabilitation, they are mental and physical,” Theismann said to TMZ. “The physical part they [doctors] will take care of, but the mental part I think he is going to be fine. He will come back and be terrific.”
Modern medicine has improved since 1985. Doctors say Ware could make a comeback within a year. There are many questions surrounding how Ware broke his leg. Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York and a former sideline physician for the New York Jets football team, tells ABC News Ware could have had a previous stress fracture in his leg or a lack of vitamin D and calcium.
An open fracture where the bone is exposed is rare in sports, especially in basketball. But as physicians continue to monitor Ware, his teammates will prepare for the Final Four in Atlanta.
“We hope that he is able to join the team,” says Klein. “But that is a doctors decision about whether he is able to travel.”
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