PUEBLO, Colo. – Cody Nance, Tanner Byrne and Aaron Roy have all been ruled out for the Ty Murray Invitational.
Byrne (thumb) and Roy (personal reasons) are expected to return next week for the Seattle Invitational, while Nance is likely out until April 11 for the DEWALT Guaranteed Tough Invitational in Nampa, Idaho.
Nance is ranked 13th in the world standings and was riding at a career-best rate of 43.33 percent (13-for-30) prior to missing the second round in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with a pelvic contusion/sprain.
The injury occurred during his 74-point ride on Yak Attack in Fresno, California. Regardless of the injury, Nance finished third for a season-best finish in Fresno and earned 220 points toward the world standings.
The Paris, Tennessee, bull rider explained Saturday that his pelvis had been bothering him for some time now and PBR sports medicine recommended he take some time off to strengthen and rehab his hips.
“I managed to get through the ride (3.67-second buckoff on Cowtown Rock) last night, but it hurt a lot worse than last Sunday. It hurts to squeeze and that is a big issue riding bulls. That is how we hang on to our bulls. I will get this worked out and I will be stronger.”
Byrne said his sprained thumb is similar to the one that Douglas Duncan had to have surgery on last year, but that he didn’t suffer a tear. The No. 20 bull rider in world is using the weekend off to avoid further injury.
“Didn’t tear it off, so I don’t want to overdo it and tear it like his,” Byrne said. “I’ll give it the weekend and see how it goes. I can’t hang on to my rope right now, so no point in getting on this weekend.”
Roy is unable to compete in Albuquerque because of a prior commitment, but he is not injured and will be good to go in Seattle.
The three riders being out, as well as injuries to J.B. Mauney and Chase Outlaw, has opened up five alternate positions in the draw for Lachlan Richardson (35), Cody Tyler White (35), Robson Aragao (38), Luis Blanco (40) and Tyler Harr (41).
Richardson enters the weekend as the top alternate and is ranked 35th in the world standings with 190 points. He is one of six riders within 55 points of the No. 30 position held by Bryan Titman.
The 22-year-old has drawn Springsteen (5-1, BFTS) for Round 1 on Friday night. Matt Triplett became the first rider to make 8 seconds on the bull in his BFTS career two weeks ago in Fresno when he covered him for 86.25 points.
White gets his third shot at recording his first qualified ride of the season when he takes on Say I Won’t Playboy (8-1, BFTS). Say I Won’t Playboy has bucked off five straight riders since Zane Lambert rode him for 84.75 points in Sacramento, California.
Aragao takes on Cowboy’s Dancehall Blonde Bomber (9-11, BFTS). Rubens Barbosa, who is returning to the BFTS after missing two weeks because of a broken ankle, rode Blonde Bomber for 87.5 points to tie for the Round 1 win at Iron Cowboy.
Barbosa faces Easy Money (0-2, BFTS) on Friday night. Easy Money has been ridden by Triplett (86.25 points) and Neil Holmes (85.25 points).
Blanco has Oscar P (8-0, BFTS) and Harr has Black Soul (2-0, BFTS).
Stormy Wing (bruised right calf) and Eduardo Aparecido (sprained left shoulder) are returning to action in Albuquerque after missing the Built Ford Tough Championship Round last weekend.
Wing will face Cookie Monster, who Richardson rode for 83.25 points in his debut, and Aparecido will take on Legal Tender (1-1, BFTS).
Kasey Hayes has drawn Born Sinner (8-2, BFTS), but he will first have to pass the PBR concussion test before competing.
Gage Gay (42) is back on the BFTS for at least one weekend because of his BlueDEF Velocity Tour win in Hampton, Virginia. Gay begins the Ty Murray Invitational 90 points back of Titman.
Ivan Sells is this year’s Native American invite in Albuquerque and the 2014 International Indian National Finals Rodeo champion will make his BFTS debut against Wesley’s Pet (4-0, BFTS).
Triplett will try to build on his world lead with a tough rematch against Rock River Red (21-4, BFTS). The bull got the best of Triplett last year in Tacoma, Washington, with a 3.32-second buckoff.
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