Stephenville, Texas – Bull rider Koby Radley can’t escape the injury bug.
Radley, who made Wrangler National Finals Rodeo appearances in 2018 and 2019, has been sabotaged by injuries ever since.
The Holden, La., cowboy’s latest injury happened on May 18, when he was bucked off Universal Pro Rodeos’ Nightmare at the Bill Hoy Kiwanis Rodeo in Clarksville, Tenn., and fractured his femur in his left leg.
“It was just a freak deal,” said Radley, 24. “He bucked me off and my left leg landed behind me, and my right leg went in front of me. It wasn’t a horrible fall. I guess the way I landed with that leg behind me it broke it in three spots. I had surgery in Clarksville on May 19.
“They put three screws in my knee and two in my hip to hold the rods and a rod through my femur.”
Radley, who is 13th in the May 24 PRCA | RAM World Standings with $44,888, will be sidelined indefinitely.
“I went to my orthopedic surgeon in Baton Rouge (La.), and he told me I would be out for three months,” Radley said. “That all depends on the healing process. It could be longer, and it could be shorter.”
Since 2019, Radley had left knee surgery in January of 2020 that sidelined him for 10 months. Then, he injured his right shoulder in 2021 and in 2022 nagging injuries ended his season in August and now he has the femur injury.
“I just can’t catch a break,” Radley said. “I guess you just have to trust the process. I was really excited about this season because I was doing well. Hopefully, I can get all these injuries out of my system, and I can move forward in my career.”
Radley finished 10th in the 2018 world standings with $160,072 and was seventh in the 2019 world standings with $195,349. In Vegas in 2018, he placed third in Round 2 and Round 6 and in 2019 he won Round 3 with a 92-point ride on Big Stone Rodeo’s Spotted Demon and he was second in Round 5.
Courtesy of PRCA