Texas Tech LB Ramirez returns home after horrific injury

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech linebacker Bryce Ramirez is back in Texas five days after breaking his left leg in a horrific injury sustained during a game in North Carolina.

Ramirez returned to Lubbock on Thursday, met at the airport by head coach Joey McGuire and others as he was taken to the terminal two days before the Red Raiders face rivals Texas in the Big 12’s home debut.

Junior’s fourth year week in Raleigh, North Carolina included a hospital visit from NC State head coach Dave Doeren and members of his team. Ramirez received a big get well card. He tweeted a photo while thanking Doeren and his program.

Doeren said on Thursday it was “the right thing to do”. Ramirez underwent two surgeries on his broken leg while in North Carolina.

“If my son was in the same situation in another city, I would expect someone to do this for my son,” said Doeren.

McGuire met with reporters on Monday, shortly after hanging up with Ramirez.

“You could see the smile in his voice just because he has a big smile,” McGuire said. “It’s funny. He said, ‘What’s next? It’s Texas week. Let’s go. Tell everyone 24 hours are up.'”

Ramirez fractured his left leg in the first half of Saturday night’s 27-14 loss when he faced Wolfpack running back Jordan Houston. The pile rolled over Ramirez’s leg, which was planted in the grass. He bent below the knee and twisted unnaturally as he lay down on the grass.

Coaches covered his leg with a towel as they began treating him, and ESPN chose not to show a repeat of the injury. The game was stopped for about 10 minutes before Ramirez was loaded onto a motorized cart and transported to a hospital.

Ramirez was one of four Texas Tech players who received pre-season scholarships, after appearing mostly on special teams in his first rookie action as a red rookie last year. He played high school football in the Houston area.

McGuire said no family members were at the game, but Ramirez’s mom and dad traveled to see him at the hospital. A Texas Tech athletic trainer stayed behind with Ramirez. The school said it was paying family expenses in accordance with NCAA rules.


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