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Resilient Kevin Ware already rehabilitating gruesome leg injury, encouraging others

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Injured Louisville guard Kevin Ware is already beginning to rehabilitate his broken right leg suffered in the NCAA tournament.

Ware tweeted a photo of himself riding a stationary bike today with a message quoting fellow injured basketball star Kobe Bryant's Facebook message last week. The tweet from Ware proved poignant in light of the bombings later in the day at the Boston Marathon.

Ware regularly uses his Twitter account to share inspiring messages for more than 177,000 followers, most of whom began to follow him after he suffered a horrific injury in an Elite Eight win over Duke.

Ware underwent surgery several weeks ago to repair a compound fracture of his right tibia and had a rod inserted into his leg. He sat court side at the Final Four and cheered on his teammates as they won the national title against Michigan in Atlanta.

The injury is not expected to be career-ending for Ware, a 6-foot-2 guard from Bronx, N.Y.. Ware will be a junior next season if he is able to play. He has three years to complete his final two seasons of eligibility.

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