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Cowboy stomped by bull in Calgary Stampede rodeo recovering

The top ranked bull rider in Canada is recovering from injuries after being trampled by a bull during the Calgary Stampede rodeo yesterday afternoon.

Screws and rods holding together vertebrae of injured bull rider

Aaron Roy from Yellow Grass, Sask., is recovering in hospital after a bull stomped on his lower back Thursday in the bull riding competition of the Calgary Stampede. (CBC)

The top ranked bull rider in Canada is recovering from injuries after being trampled by a bull during the Calgary Stampede rodeo Thursday afternoon.

Aaron Roy from Yellow Grass, Sask., was thrown off Gretsky — an 860 kilogram bull. He was then stomped in the lower back and also suffered a broken jaw.

He was wearing a protective vest, but had to be taken from the grounds on a stretcher.

His friend Jason Davidson says Roy is able to move his feet.

"I want to call it a broken or fractured vertebrae. He had eight screws and two rods surgically put into his spine last night to help the healing process," he said. "At this point we don't know if those screws and rods will come out."

He says the bull rider is in some discomfort, but his spirits are good.

The injuries have forced Roy out the Stampede competition.

"It comes with the territory," said Davidson. "It's man versus beast and there's no referee out there to blow the whistle and stop the play in a dangerous situation."

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