World champion bull rider Shane Proctor will have surgery in North Carolina
COLORADO SPRINGS – World Champion Bull Rider Shane Proctor will be meeting with Dr. Stephen Sims in Charlotte, N.C., tomorrow to schedule surgery to repair his broken left arm. Proctor suffered the injury in the 10th round of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on Dec. 10 when he was bucked off Powder River Rodeo’s Black Attack and then stepped on by the bull; he also received a concussion.
The Justin Sportsmedicine Team X-rayed Proctor at the Thomas & Mack Center and put him in touch with Dr. Sims, an orthopedic surgeon. Proctor wanted to have the operation done close to his home in Mooresville, N.C. He and his wife Jessi are scheduled to move into a new home early next week.
Proctor is expected to miss a minimum of three months while he recovers from the injury to his free arm.
Bareback rider Steven Peebles, who broke the fibula in his right leg in Round 5 of the Wrangler NFR, is to undergo surgery tomorrow in Seattle. He also tore ligaments in his right ankle.
Doctors estimate he will be sidelined for at least two months.
Three other competitors suffered broken bones in their feet during the 53rd Wrangler NFR – saddle bronc riders Chuck Schmidt and Jacobs Crawley and bull rider J.W. Harris. None is expected to have surgery and should be able to compete again within 6-8 weeks.