Teel Sidelined for Remainder of WNFR

by Justin Shaw | Dec 05, 2016


LAS VEGAS – Bull rider Cody Teel, the 2012 PRCA world champion, is going to miss the rest of the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER after suffering a fractured left clavicle Dec. 4. The injury happened during Round 4 when Teel was bucked off Pickett Rodeo’s Relentless.

“I’m getting some X-rays, but Tandy (Dr. Tandy Freeman, the medical director for the Justin Sports Medicine Team) said it was broke, and it felt broke to me because I had a burning sensation of a broken bone,” Teel said Monday morning. “I think I landed on my (collarbone) when I hit the ground, but after I watched the video it looked like he also stepped on me, so I’m not real sure which one it was, but I know I’m done for the rest of the NFR.”

The Kountze, Texas, cowboy has had great success at the WNFR. In addition to his world championship, he also has won the average title at the WNFR in 2013 and 2015.

“I had not got anything done this year at the NFR, and then this happens, it really sucks,” said Teel, who is in a sling. “This is just really bad timing. Once I get the X-rays, and I bring them to Tandy and figure what I’m going to do as far as whether I need surgery and how to treat it.”

Teel entered the the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER in sixth place in the world standings. He didn’t earn a check in any of the WNFR’s first four rounds, and sits ninth in the standings with $112,194.

Courtesy of PRCA