Australian bull rider improving in Wyoming hospital

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — An Australian bull rider injured at the College National Finals Rodeo is able to sit in a chair and even take some steps as he recovers in a Wyoming hospital.

Bradie Gray remained in the intensive care unit Tuesday at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, but a hospital spokeswoman says he was in stable condition and improving.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported that the Odessa College Rodeo Team posted on its Facebook page that Gray is now breathing on his own.

Gray was critically injured June 15 when the bull stepped on his sternum after bucking him off. The Odessa College cowboy suffered broken ribs, collapsed lungs and a tear in his aorta.

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The native of Hallsville, Australia, underwent multiple surgeries after the incident.