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By Dr. Dave Hnida, CBS Denver Medical Editor

If you didn’t see it, you probably have heard about it.

A healthy 20-year-old old athlete jumping to block a shot, then landing in some awkward way that caused his lower leg to snap.

And snap may be an understatement. When Kevin Ware’s foot hit the floor, his shin bone shattered in half, and reportedly poked out six inches through the skin.

On a routine play, on a peaceful Sunday afternoon, the last thing you expected to see was a basketball player lying on his back with his mid shin bent at 90 degrees with raw bone sticking out. Not the knee but the shin.

First… how could it happen? No idea. And I don’t think anyone ever will figure this one out. My best guess is that he had a small weakness in his shin (tibia) due to an early, small stress fracture. He may not have even known he had it.

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