Dirteater injured in return to Oklahoma

BY STAFF REPORTS
08/20/2019 12:00 PM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Cherokee Nation citizen Ryan Dirteater was transported to a Tulsa hospital on Aug. 11 after being stepped on by a bull at the Professional Bull Riders’ championship round of the Express Ranches Classic. COURTESY
TULSA – Oklahoma cowboy Ryan Dirteater’s perfect weekend in his home state did not end the way he would have liked on Aug. 11 at the BOK Center.

Dirteater, a Cherokee Nation citizen, was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation after M.A.G.A. stepped on his mid-back and ribs following the Hulbert native’s 86.75-point ride in the Professional Bull Riders’ championship round of the Express Ranches Classic.

PBR Sports Medicine Director Rich Blyn said later in the day that Dirteater sustained broken ribs and may have a possible punctured lung.

Dr. Tandy Freeman later confirmed that Dirteater was admitted to the hospital with a collapsed right lung and was diagnosed with a lacerated liver and several rib fractures.

Dirteater was expected to remain in the hospital for several days and was expected to be out of competition for about three months.

“Thanks for all the prayers, and messages people are sending me. I’m trying to get back with everyone the best I can. The good news is I’m going to be ok. Just a little bump in the road. I’ll be back,” Dirteater wrote on his Twitter account.

Dirteater was close to flawless in Tulsa before getting hurt. Outside of his buck-off against Smooth Operator in the 15/15 Bucking Battle on Aug. 10, Dirteater made easy work of his opponents in front of a raucous crowd cheering him on, according to a PBR release.

The 30-year-old jumped up to No. 9 in the world standings after he earned 205 world points by riding Test Me (86 points), Red Bandana (86 points) and M.A.G.A., the release states. It also states that Dirteater has five Top 5 finishes in 2019.

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