Kevin Ware of the Louisvile Cardinals, who suffered a gruesome injury to his right leg back in March, recently suffered another injury to the same leg and is now apparently done for the year. That is sad news considering how hard he fought to come back and how inspirational it was for the rest of his team to see him back on the court. However, anyone who has suffered a serious injury knows that setbacks can happen and when his leg got kicked, that seemed to seal the deal on his year.
Ware does have the option to redshirt due to the fact that he has played in less than 30 percent of Lousiville’s games and that would make sense to be the best way for him to go. He didn’t seem to have the same sort of explosiveness that he did before the injury and that could very well be because he just isn’t completely healed yet.
For the rest of his college career and if he does proceed to the NBA, it is very smart for him to be shut down and completely heal himself before he suffers another significant injury to the same leg because he came back too soon. He would also get to make up that year of college eligibility that he would be losing and would never get back if he tried to play through this.
When I think of leg injuries to basketball players, Sam Bowie is one that always comes to my mind. It seems as though once he broke his leg the first time, it happened again and again and destroyed his career. Ware is young and has a bright future. This season isn’t worth it if it ends his career well before it’s time. The time off can only help his leg. The Cardinals will miss him, especially now that Chane Behanan is no longer with the team, but they can’t mess with Ware’s future. Redshirting is his best option.