Less than seven months after suffering the gruesome leg injury against Duke, University of Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware has been cleared to start working out.
"He has a clean bill of health," Pitino said.
Ware, who is a junior this season for the Cardinals, began working out with the team on Thursday and U of L coach Rick Pitino said he's expected to be "all out" basketball by the end of the month.
"I would say he will be ready to play all-out basketball by the end of the month of October," Pitino said. "Which is great."
Pitino has said he isn't sure when he will be able to participate in a game. The Cardinals have three Red/White scrimmages this month with the season opener on Nov. 9.
The Hall of Fame coach noted after getting back physically that Ware still has another hurdle to clear.
"He has to get over the physiological aspect of it, which is probably the most difficult for him," Pitino said.
Ware suffered the broken leg against Duke in the Elite Eight game and then became a national storyline as the Cardinals won the school's third national title.
Pitino also said senior Luke Hancock won't participate in the three Red/White scrimmages. He said Hancock has "had a combination of things that are now totally healed."
"But I am going to treat him like an old baseball veteran and take it slow," Pitino said. "I want him to have a great February and a great March. So we're taking it slow."
Here's some video from Pitino's news conference: