|Evolution of a Bruise|
A series of photos, acquired by ESPN.com, document the progression of Jeff Novak's shin injury in 1998.
A hematoma grows into full leg bruise, from below the knee to above the ankle, as Novak continues to practice with the injury. The swelling prompts the team doctor to cut open the bruise and milk out the coagulated blood.
After several bleeding episodes with the wound left open to heal naturally, the hole in Novak's shin gets stapled shut in emergency surgery after a preseason game.
Black dots show up around the wound. Tests determine that Novak has E-coli and staph infections.
The wound is healing but still shows a rash, as Novak is activated to play again.