“It was in a position where instead of coming out the front, it came out the bottom,” said Freeman, while explaining the severity of the injury. “That is what leads to this kind of stuff. His arm was up over his head and extended and when he landed and that bull stepped on him it forced his arm so that it came out the bottom and knocked the bone off in the process.”
Mauney was injured on Friday in the final round Pool B.
Despite the intense pain, once medics on-sight had gotten his dislocated shoulder back in place, Mauney initially thought he would be able to compete in the Championship Round on Sunday.
Unfortunately, after a trip to a local hospital for further evaluation, Mauney then told a reporter for the Calgary Herald, “I broke the ball in my shoulder, tore my bicep tendon, tore another muscle on the backside, tore the capsule in it."
“I told the doctors, ‘Good luck putting that puzzle back together.'”
On Monday, Mauney and his wife traveled to Dallas, where Freeman performed a six-hour operation on Tuesday.
Freeman told PBR.com, “This isn’t the same sort of thing that most of the guys get fixed. Instead of the ligament tearing off the socket, his tore off the bone. It wasn’t just a little bit of the ligament. It tore off the entire front half of his shoulder. And it tore the rotator cuff tendon completely off. I don’t know if I ever saw that tendon completely torn off. I have seen most of it torn off, but I never have seen it completely torn off.”
In a typical situation Freeman would insert 4-6 anchors to stabilize a dislocated shoulder. According to PBR.com, Freeman used 13 anchors and one screw to hold Mauney’s reconstructed right shoulder in place.
He is expected to miss the next six months of competition, including the PBR World Finals.
In addition to the recovery time, Freeman said Mauney will require a significant amount of rehab.
“There is a lot to (recovery from this injury), but he acts like he is going to do what it takes,” Freeman said. “If he doesn’t, he will be watching bull riding.”
Injuries are certainly part of the most dangerous game, however, baring a miracle, this one brings to a close Mauney’s pursuit of a record-tying third world title. He won his first title in 2013 and again in 2015.
Instead the 30-year-old, 12-year veteran is now faced with preparing himself to return to competition in 2018.
He’ll turn 31 in January, a week after the 2018 season starts.
In Mauney fashion, he masked the disappointment with a light sense of dry humor when he told the Herald, “that’s bull riding and the way it goes.”
“When you’ve been riding bulls as long as I have, you get used to it,” he concluded. “It’s going to happen, everybody knows that. It wouldn’t have been the exact time I’d like for it to happen, but you’re going to get hurt and that’s all part of it.”