Bull riding world standings leader Cody Teel sustained a fractured fibula in his left leg at the Clark County Fair and Rodeo in Logandale, Nev., on April 15, and will be sidelined for at least a few weeks.
The 19-year-old bull rider from Kountze, Texas, had completed his ride but “couldn’t get away clean” when he attempted to dismount. “The bull wasn’t bucking very hard at the end there, he didn’t have a lot of kick, and when I went to get off I kind of fell underneath him,” said Teel. “He stomped on my leg pretty hard, but I could still walk on it, so I didn’t think too much about it.”
After attempting to ride at the Red Bluff (Calif.) Round-Up five days later, he realized the injury might be a little more severe than he had first thought, so he sought a professional opinion.
“I flew home for a few days and rested it a little, then flew back out to Red Bluff,” Teel said. “I’ve been stepped on harder and been sorer from things that weren’t broken, so I wasn’t too worried, but when I got to Red Bluff, it was still pretty sore to walk around on.
“My bull there banged me around in the chute pretty hard, and that didn’t help it. He turned back to the left, and toward the end of the ride I was favoring that leg pretty bad and falling behind. He was a bull I should have ridden and won something on, and after he bucked me off right before the whistle I decided maybe I should get it looked at.”
Teel elected to turn out the next day at the Buc Days ProRodeo in Corpus Christi, Texas, and returned home to have his leg examined at the Beaumont Bone and Joint Institute on April 23.
“It was pretty sore after getting banged around there in the chute,” Teel said, “but what got my attention was that my lower leg got numb; the top of my foot is still numb. They took X-rays, and it’s darn sure broken right there about four inches above my ankle.
“Because of the location, and because that bone doesn’t bear a lot of weight there, they didn’t put a cast on it. They told me it would take 6-8 weeks to heal completely, but I’ll figure out a brace or something and be back before that. I’m putting a little more weight on it every day.”