LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech linebacker Bryce Ramirez is back in Texas five days after breaking his left leg from a horrific injury sustained during a game at North Carolina State. .
Ramirez returned to Lubbock on Thursday, greeted at the airport by coach Joey McGuire and others as he was carried through the terminal two days before the Red Raiders face rival Texas in their Big 12 home opener.
Fourth-year junior week in Raleigh, North Carolina included a visit to the hospital from NC State coach Dave Doeren and members of his team. Ramirez received a big get well card. He tweeted a photo thanking Doeren and its program.
Doeren said Thursday it was “just 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 hope someone would do it for my son,” Doeren said.
McGuire met with reporters Monday shortly after hanging up on the phone with Ramirez.
“You can 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 tackled 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 abnormally while lying on the grass.
Coaches covered the leg with a towel when they began treating it, and ESPN opted not to show a replay of the injury. Play was stopped for about 10 minutes before Ramirez was put on a motorized cart and taken to hospital.
Ramirez was one of four Texas Tech players to receive preseason scholarships after playing mostly on special teams in his first redshirt sophomore action 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 came to see him at the hospital. A Texas Tech athletic trainer stayed with Ramirez. The school said it was paying the family’s expenses according to NCAA rules.
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