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PBR: First Night

Jess Lockwood, pictured riding at the PBR stop at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark in April of 2018, will return to action this weekend. He has missed nine Unleash the Beast events with a broken left collarbone. 

PUEBLO, Colo. — According to a story on the Professional Bull Riders website, Volborg bull rider Jess Lockwood will return to competition at the Cactus Jack Touring Pro event in Uvalde, Texas, on Friday and Saturday.

Lockwood was medically cleared to begin riding bulls again. He broke his left collarbone the PBR Global Cup USA event on Feb. 9 in Arlington, Texas.

When Lockwood suffered the injury he was top-ranked. The 2017 PBR world champion opened the season by winning the first two top-tier events.

Lockwood has missed nine Unleash The Beast events, including the tour's stop in Billings April 12-14, because of the injury. He is now No. 4 in the world standings. Lockwood trails world standings leader Jose Vitor Leme by 654.16 points. 

“The bone is all hard and it is still going to get harder,” Lockwood, who did not have surgery for the injury, told Justin Felisko. "It is healed. (Dr.) Tandy (Freeman) would recommend waiting until Albuquerque (on May 17), but it will be fine to ride. He said if I get slammed on my side or with my arm out it will break again, but like him and I talked about, you run that risk every time.

“He would recommend waiting a couple more weeks, but I don’t have time for that. It is time to go riding.”

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