PUEBLO, Colo. – 2013 World Champion J.B. Mauney received good news on Tuesday when X-rays revealed that the No. 2 bull rider in the world standings did not sustain a broken left ankle in Nashville, Tennessee.
According to Mauney, he only has some soft tissue damage and he plans on competing in Thackerville, Oklahoma, on Sept. 4-5.
“Nothing broken, just soft tissue,” Mauney said via text. “See you in Thackerville.”
Mauney believed this weekend that he had broken his ankle in Nashville when Cash Ya Out fell coming out of the chutes and landed on Mauney.
The 28-year-old will be able to take advantage of the Built Ford Tough Series off weekend and let his ankle heal before the final stretch run to the Built Ford Tough World Finals.
He trails world leader Joao Ricardo Vieira by 167.5 points.
Prior to the injury, Mauney had begun August by winning two Built Ford Tough Series events and going 6-for-8.
With Mauney and Vieira failing to earn any points toward the world standings, the race for the 2015 World Championship got much more crowded with Kaique Pacheco and Fabiano Vieira earning over 600 points in the standings.
The Top 4 bull riders in the world – Joao Ricardo Vieira, Mauney, Pacheco and Matt Triplett – are all separated by 892.5 points.
Fabiano Vieira trails Joao Ricardo Vieira by 1,182.5 points.
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