Kevin Ware cleared to practice

Updated: October 4, 2013, 6:34 PM ET
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Louisville guard Kevin Ware has been cleared to play and work out, six months after suffering a compound leg fracture in the NCAA tournament.

"He has a clean bill of health," coach Rick Pitino said Friday, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. "He can play all-out at the end of the month."

Ware broke his leg during Louisville's regional final against Duke on March 31.

Pitino said Ware might still have to deal with the mental effects of the gruesome injury.

Louisville begins a set of three Saturday scrimmages this weekend. The Cardinals' regular season begins Nov. 9 against College of Charleston.

Pitino also said he was giving Luke Hancock more time to rest from a stressful offseason, and the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player will not play in the scrimmages.

Hancock is recovering from an ankle injury, and his father died of cancer in June.

"Luke Hancock is fine," Pitino said on radio station 84 WHAS on Monday. "We're being very careful. At the end of the season last year he had some ankle issues and we are just making sure he's 100 hundred percent. He's working out, he's shooting and he's doing very well. It's just I don't want him running and pressing and going through our early practices."

Also Friday, Louisville received a commitment from ESPN 100 center Chinanu Onuaku.

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