Transcript for Louisville Player Shatters Leg During Elite 8 Game
much. And next,learning more tonight about that stunning moment in the basketball court, a louisville player lands on his leg, and it shatters. As millions of families have tuned in for march madness and watch in horror. But an injured kevin ware told his teammates to go on and win and they did. Josh elliott tells us what is happening tonight. Reporter: It was one horrifying moment that changed a game, one so graphic that we purposely blurred it. That's a gruesome-looking injury to kevin ware. ware leaped towards a duke player with the ball. It was a routine play, something ware had done thousands of times before. But this time, as his 6'2", 175-pound frame landed on that right leg, it generated the equivalent of up to 2,500 pounds of force, snapping both his fibula and tibia -- the main weight-bearing bone in the leg, breaking so severely that it punctured his skin. The pain and shock on grisly display in front of his own team's bench, the severity of the injury made plain on the faces of his teammates, coaches and fans. I got everybody over after we covered up the injury and said listen to him. And he said it over ten times, "just win the game, I'll be okay." Reporter: Ware was rushed to the hospital -- and louisville did, indeed, win the game. This is an unusual fracture to see on the basketball court. Reporter: Doctors speculate ware may have already had a stress fracture. Reporter: While he's certainly done for the season, ware suffered an injury that's not thought to be career ending. Doctors say he could be back in career shape in less than a year. After surgery last night, today he emerged smiling and cradling the team's trophy in his hospital bed. Standing with the help of crutchings, ware told reporters today, this is, quote, a minor setback for a major comeback, as kevin ware sets out on a long, but promising road to recovery that he hopes to begin in atlanta this weekend at the final four. Josh elliott, abc news, new york.
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