Cherokee bull rider to miss 6 months after injury

BY WESLEY MAHAN
04/12/2011 06:53 AM
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Cherokee Nation citizen Ryan Dirteater attempts to ride the bull, Code Blue, during the 2009 Troy-Bilt Invitational in Tallahassee, Fla. PHOTO BY ANDY WATSON/BULL STOCK MEDIA
HULBERT, Okla. – Cherokee Nation citizen and Professional Bull Riders superstar Ryan Dirteater will be out of action for at least six months.

Dirteater was injured March 18 in Fresno, Calif., at the Table Mountain Casino Invitational. He was thrown from a bull named Little Snake during the first round of competition and suffered significant damage to his left arm when he hit the ground.

He underwent surgery March 25 to repair a torn medial ulnar collateral ligament, triceps tendon, and torn wrist flexor tendons in his arm.

Dirteater was on the comeback trail after missing all of last season when he tore his anterior cruciate, medial collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments along with dislocating his kneecap at an event in October 2009.

In 10 events this season, Dirteater had completed the eight-second ride on 12 of 25 bulls. He had scored 1,544 points in the Built Ford Tough Series and earned $13,390, which was good enough for 24th place. His career earnings, according to PBR’s website, is $218,952.

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