Texas bull rider injured at College Finals Rodeo shows improvement

Bradie Gray in a frame grab from the Odessa College Rodeo Team's Facebook page.
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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) An Australian bull rider who was severely injured after being stepped on by a bull during the College National Finals Rodeo in Wyoming has been showing signs of improvement.

But, Bradie Gray remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper.

A member of the Odessa College rodeo team, Gray was injured after being stepped on by a bull during last Thursday night's competition.

He suffered broken ribs, a bruised aorta and collapsed lungs.

Odessa coach C.J. Aragon said the Hallsville, Australia, native is making small improvements.

A post on the team's Facebook page says Gray is more responsive and the doctor is still happy with the bull rider's progress.

Aragon said Gray had no pulse when he arrived at the Wyoming Medical Center.

Gray, a junior at the college in Odessa, was coming off his fifth serious injury of his college rodeo career and had ridden just one practice bull in preparation for the CNFR.