The leg injury suffered by Louisville's Kevin Ware this weekend was so devastating that some people automatically wondered if he would ever play basketball or even walk normally again. The short answer, after he left an Indianapolis hospital Tuesday to join the Cardinals at the Final Four in Atlanta this weekend, is yes—but not for a while, and the fallout could have been worse for another student-athlete.
Doctors did not give a timetable for his recovery after successful leg surgery, but with such a severe break, it could be as much as a year without basketball. If he's not close to returning this fall, he could take a medical redshirt year and sit out all of the 2013-2014 season. Then he could return in the Fall of 2014 with two full years of eligibility remaining. Most experts have agreed that given time, there's no reason he can't make a full recovery and play for Louisville once again.
As for who takes care of that recovery, things get a little trickier. Louisville's insurance should cover his medical bills, but they aren't required to do it. Technically, there's nothing preventing Louisville from cutting Ware from the team right now, taking away his scholarship, and sending him packing. NCAA rules don't mandate that scholarships be guaranteed or that athletes get all their medical bills paid for. It's up to each school decide how much coverage they will offer or if they want to continue to offer it all.