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Louisville's Kevin Ware up and walking, a day after horrific injury

Monday - 4/1/2013, 5:50pm  ET

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- University of Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware is already up and walking -- a day after his right leg snapped during the team's victory over Duke in an NCAA regional final.

Coach Rick Pitino visited Ware again this morning in the hospital. He says doctors are watching to make sure an infection doesn't develop. If all goes well, he says, Ware should be released tomorrow.

During a 2-hour operation last night, doctors reset Ware's broken tibia and inserted a rod into the bone.

Pitino says Ware's teammates expect to have him on the bench when they play in the Final Four this weekend in Atlanta. Ware's family lives in the Atlanta area.

When he visited Ware last night, Pitino brought him the Midwest Regional championship trophy -- and this morning, he says, Ware didn't want to give it up. The coach let him keep it, and told him, "Just make sure you don't lose it."

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190-a-17-(Dr. Rajeev Pandarinath (rah-JEEV' PEHN'-dur-ihn-ath), orthopaedic surgeon with the George Washington Medical Faculty Associates, in AP interview)-"a compound fracture"-Dr. Rajeev Pandarinath describes the injury suffered by Louisville's Kevin Ware in Sunday's NCAA game. (1 Apr 2013)

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192-q-13-(Dr. Rajeev Pandarinath (rah-JEEV' PEHN'-dur-ihn-ath), orthopaedic surgeon with the George Washington Medical Faculty Associates, in AP interview)-"in his muscle"-Dr. Rajeev Pandarinath was asked what kind of recovery period he'd expect Kevin Ware to have. (1 Apr 2013)

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GRAPHICSBANK: Kevin Ware (c), as basketball player for University of Louisville, lays on the court with an injured leg, while trainers check on him, graphic element on gray (1 Apr 2013)

APPHOTO NAS151: Louisville head coach Rick Pitino huddles with his team after Kevin Ware was taken out of the game following an injury during the first half of the Midwest Regional final against Duke in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) (31 Mar 2013)

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APPHOTO NAS144: Louisville guard Kevin Ware is taken off of the court on a stretcher after his injury during the first half of the Midwest Regional final against Duke in the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday March 31, 2013, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) (31 Mar 2013)

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