Sumpter, Davis out for six months due to injuries suffered at NFR
Steer wrestler Wade Sumpter and bareback rider Jessy Davis will each be sidelined for six months after undergoing surgery to repair injuries they suffered while competing in the 50th Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Dec. 4-13.
Sumpter, of Fowler, CO, had entered the Wrangler NFR ranked No. 1 in the world with a regular-season record for earnings, but tore the pectoral muscle in his chest in the first round and eventually had to withdraw.
Dr. Tandy Freeman performed the surgery in Dallas on Dec. 17 to reattach the muscle to the bone. Sumpter will begin rehab in about three months.
“I’m planning on coming back in early June, just before the Reno Rodeo,” Sumpter said. “It’s going to be an interesting challenge. My goal for the year is to qualify for the NFR and I think I can get to enough rodeos to make it happen. If I go about my rehab the right way, I’ll dang sure be competitive.”
Davis, of Payson, UT, underwent three hours of surgery in Salt Lake City, UT, Dec. 19, in which Dr. Pepper Murray reattached the rotator cuff in Davis’ left shoulder and reattached a ligament to his bicep.
“I might have needed to do this three years ago,” Davis said, “It always hurt me (while competing), but never enough to keep me out until the NFR. It was really bad timing.”
Davis suffered a dislocation of his left shoulder in Round 2 of the Wrangler NFR, and when strapping the shoulder down in the ensuing two rounds failed to do any good, he too withdrew from the rodeo. He dropped from the 7th to 15th in the world standings.
“I figured I’d probably get myself killed (by continuing),” Davis said.
He is to have the stitches removed Dec. 29 and then begin exercises to regain strength from the elbow to the wrist as the first stage of rehab. The scope of the rehab will increase after two months.
“Six months off is a long time,” Davis said, “but it will be well worth it. This is my occupation and I have to pay attention to what my doctor tells me. My rotator cuff was completely gone. Dr. Murray says it was just muscle holding it all together.”
And while Sumpter and Davis were the most seriously injured competitors at the Wrangler NFR, they were by no means alone:
– Bareback rider Josi Young will have an MRI and X-rays on Dec. 30 to determine the severity of injuries to his hip, hamstring and elbow. His doctors are uncertain whether he will require surgery or a course of rehabilitation before returning to competition.
– Bull rider Mike Moore is having an MRI in Dallas on Dec. 23 to check out his injured left hip. He first hurt it at Greeley, CO, over the Fourth of July weekend and reinjured it at Las Vegas. Moore also has damage to the MCL in his left knee that he suffered at the Dodge Xtreme Bulls Tour event in Indianapolis, Oct. 24, and if the MRI indicates he needs surgery on his hip, he will have Dr. Freeman operate on both knee and hip at the same time.
– Saddle bronc rider Chad Ferley competed with his right hand at the Wrangler NFR after his left wrist was fractured in Round 3 and may be doing that for a while longer. He had new casts each night from Rounds 6 to 10 and then had the fracture reset and a new cast put on his wrist at the completion of the rodeo. Ferley will need another five weeks for the fracture to heal.
– Steer wrestler Casey McMillen suffered a fracture of the fibula just below the right knee at the Wrangler NFR, but it should not require surgery. He will probably be OK to compete at the National Western Stock Show in Denver next month.
– Bull rider Shawn Proctor suffered a dislocation of his right shoulder and is waiting on medical advice to determine his best course of action.
– The 2000 World Champion Bull Rider Cody Hancock had a dislocated elbow at the Wrangler NFR, but will be able to resume competition with rest and rehab.
– Six-time All-Around World Champion Cowboy Trevor Brazile had a second-degree sprain and partial tear of the MCL in his right knee, but will not require surgery. Brazile will team rope at the SandHills Stock Show & Rodeo, in Odessa, TX, Jan. 2-3, 7-10, but, upon the advice of Dr. Freeman, will not do any tie-down roping for 6-8 weeks.
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