01/12/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/13/2019 00:01
CHICAGO - Two-time World Champion J.B. Mauney sat on the training room table inside the PBR Sports Medicine room at Allstate Arena with a wrap on his right wrist.
Meanwhile, Dave Edwards of the PBR Sports Medicine team began to use a swab to clean out an open wound on Mauney's left arm.
Mauney winced and grit his teeth, but he did not need many words to answer if he would be riding in Round 2 of the Chicago Invitational after potentially breaking his right wrist (free hand) on Saturday night when he landed on his hand during his 7.64-second buckoff against Ram It.
'Hell yeah,' Mauney said about riding on Sunday. 'Usually I ride good with a cast on my arm. Maybe I should just cast it all year.'
Dr. Tandy Freeman officially has Mauney listed as questionable for Round 2.
Mauney, who does not plan to get X-rays until he gets back home to North Carolina this week, was more ticked off about his buckoff than anything else as he shook his head in disgust.
The 32-year-old appeared on his way to a strong score on Ram It in Round 1 before he lost his bull rope just before the 8-second mark.
The clock originally stopped at 7.9 seconds, but Mauney's challenge ultimately showed he lost his rope at 7.64 seconds.
'I'd rather fall off the first jump then fall off at 7.98,' Mauney said. 'That is bullshit.
'Hell, I was riding him good, but my hand worked its way out of my rope and I got to doing some things I shouldn't be doing. I bucked off. It was clearly my fault.'
Mauney has ridden with a cast before. He famously switched his riding hands in 2012 and rode RMEF Gunpowder & Lead for 89 points.
The Mooresville, North Carolina, cowboy is set to square off against Biker Bob (18-3, UTB) in Round 2.
Fans can watch Championship Sunday on RidePass at 2:45 p.m. ET and CBS Sports Network at 8 p.m. ET.
In other injury news, there were nine other riders competing injured in Round 1, according to Freeman: Alisson de Souza (right buttock abrasion/right foot contusion), Koal Livingston (sprained right thumb), Jose Vitor Leme (bruised right calf), Alex Marcilio (strained left hip adductor muscle), Marco Eguchi (sore right wrist), Matt Triplett (sore right wrist), Derek Kolbaba (bruised left shoulder), Cannon Cravens (bruised right calf) and Joao Ricardo Vieira (bruised right thigh).
Cravens - the No. 4 ranked bull rider in the world - had to be helped to the PBR sports medicine room following his 3.04-second buckoff against ZZ Top.
The 18-year-old said he may have done further damage to his right leg and is unsure if he will be able to compete on Sunday afternoon.
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