We're used to seeing gruesome injuries on Saturdays and Sundays watching football in the fall and on winter nights and weekends in NHL and college hockey games.
Joe Theisman, Clint Malarchuk, Marcus Lattimore, Richard Zednik, Willis McGahee, Steve Moore. Those names evoke memories of the famous injuries they suffered as much as the highlights they made when they were healthy.
Six months after Louisville guard Kevin Ware suffered one of the most famous injuries in sports during an NCAA tournament Elite Eight game against Duke, his leg has healed nicely and he's ready for the approaching season.
Ware's performance will be followed closely early in the season to see if he's lost anything following the injury. Many other athletes who have suffered notable injuries never overcame them. It appears from preseason reports that Ware won't fall into that group.
Eric Crawford of WDRB in Louisville posted a photo of Ware's right lower leg on Twitter on Saturday, showing the area where the compound fracture ruptured the skin and shocked players, coaches and fans who saw it happen.
Ware has not only put in long hours of rehab in the months since the injury, he has also used the experience to help others. Ware's injury led to some experiences he otherwise would have had such as reading the top-10 list on the 'Late Show with David Letterman" or attending the White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington D.C.