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Injured Bull Rider Plans to Ride Again

Injured Bull Rider Plans to Ride Again

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Photo courtesy of Deseret Morning News SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A young rodeo star who suffered major injuries plans to ride a bull again -- with one request from his mother. "I told him, 'With a helmet,"' Mitzi Elliott said.

Tag Elliott, 19, was released Monday from LDS Hospital, six days after his head collided with the head of Werewolf, a 1,500-pound bull, at the Days of '47 Rodeo.

Elliott is unable to speak because wires were used to heal his broken orbital, cheek and jaw bones. He had 10 hours of surgery. "He's writing jokes on paper," Mitzi Elliott said. "He's acting ornery, so I think he is ready to go home."

Elliott was unconscious for several minutes. "He traumatized the right side of his face," Mitzi Elliott said. "His right side came down on the horn. The plastic surgeon has been tickled with his progress."

The wires holding Elliott's facial bones could be removed in six weeks.

Elliott, who lives in Thatcher, Utah, is a student at the College of Southern Idaho and was second at the 2007 College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo. As a pro, he has earnings of more than $28,000. "He was as talented as any student I had," said Shawn Davis, who recently retired after 31 years of coaching at the Idaho school. "I've been able to develop kids. Tag was actually talented enough that he could do it. I just left him alone."

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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