PUEBLO, Colo. – Chase Outlaw has learned that he will need to undergo surgery next Wednesday after it was discovered that he tore his right rotator cuff (free arm) last weekend during the Caterpillar Classic in Kansas City, Missouri.
According to Outlaw, he will be out for six months following shoulder surgery.
The No. 9 bull rider in the world found out the news from Dr. Tandy Freeman on Thursday in Dallas once X-rays and an MRI showed the severity of the injury.
“I have a torn rotator cuff,” Outlaw said. “(Freeman) will go in there and fix it up. I’ll be out for six months, just like Reese (Cates) was.
“He could tell my rotator cuff was torn loose from the bone and it tore bone with it when he did the X-ray. He could tell it was messed up just from the X-ray.”
Cates had to undergo shoulder reconstruction surgery last season after he dislocated his right shoulder when he landed on his elbow awkwardly during the BFTS event in Phoenix, Arizona.
Outlaw sustained his injury in Kansas City when he dislocated his right shoulder while landing on his elbow during his 4.53-second buckoff against Sinful Nature in Round 1.
PBR sports medicine was able to reduce his shoulder in the training room, but the damage was already done.
Outlaw was amidst a career-year and had ridden 11-of-24 bulls through the first eight Built Ford Tough Series events, while also posting three Top-5 finishes. He also had won the 15/15 Bucking Battle two weeks earlier with an 89.25-point ride on Crack The Whip in St. Louis.
This will be the longest amount of time the 22-year-old has ever had to sit out due to injury.
“It sucks, but, hey, I am going to come back and nothing is going to throw me off,” Outlaw said.
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