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Published April 01, 2013, 09:39 PM

Louisville basketball injury makes national headlines

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Now to the horrific injury that everyone is talking about. Millions of people watched as a Louisville basketball player snapped his leg on live TV. Millions of others have chosen not to watch it.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Now to the horrific injury that everyone is talking about. Millions of people watched as a Louisville basketball player snapped his leg on live TV. Millions of others have chosen not to watch it.

It's a gruesome scene as the player ended up with a compound fracture. Enough to cause players near him to get sick.

The bizarre part of this story is it happened with no contact, rather something you see a hundred times a game a player jumping and landing.

If you didn't see how this all went down, we're about to show you and we are blurring out the part where he breaks his leg.

Here it is Louisville vs Duke -- keep your eye at the top of the screen, Kevin Ware tries to block the 3 pointer and it all goes wrong.

"just a horrific injury"

Just watch the reaction from the bench here when they realize what happened. Some people there got physically sick, others were left to tears. As horrific as it was, those in the medical field have a different take.

Scott Brown: "it looks like it's this really extreme abnormal injury but when it comes down to it it's still a fracture, the bone is going to heal."

Physical Therapist Scott Brown says the heal time might just be longer because it's a compound fracture, meaning the bone literally breaks out of the skin and is exposed.

Scott: "just a really abnormal injury."

But it has happened before, and athletes returned to a competitive level.

Scott: "the younger the person the better things can heal."

What's odd is that it happened with no contract, Ware just jumping to block and shot and landing awkwardly on one leg.

Scott: "some of the speculation is he may have had a stress fracture or small crack in that bone."

Stress fractures are common in athletes, it's just from overuse.

We do want to show you this tonight. An uplifting sight that's Ware in his hospital room this evening, up and on crutches. He's hoping to be on the sideline this weekend as Louisville plays in the final four.

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