LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas Tech linebacker Bryce Ramirez is back in Texas five days after breaking his left leg in a gruesome injury suffered during a game at North Carolina State.
Ramirez returned to Lubbock on Thursday, two days before the Red Raiders face rival Texas in their Big 12 opener, and was greeted at the airport by coach Joey McGuire and others as he made his way to the terminal.
The fourth annual juniors week in Raleigh, North Carolina, included a hospital visit by NC State coach Dave Doran and his staff. Ramirez got a big get-well card. He tweeted a photo while thanking Doran and his project.
Doran said Thursday it was “the right thing to do.” Ramirez underwent two surgeries on a broken leg while at North Carolina.
“If my son was in the same situation in another city, I hope someone would do that for my son,” Doran said.
McGuire met with reporters after getting off the phone with Ramirez on Monday.
“You can see the smile in his voice because he’s got a great smile,” McGuire said. “It was funny. He said, ‘What’s next? It’s Texas Week. Let’s go. Tell everybody the 24 hours are up.’
Ramirez suffered a broken bone in his lower left leg when he tackled Wolfpack running back Jordan Houston in the first half of Saturday night’s 27-14 loss. The pile rolled over Ramirez’s leg, which was planted in the grass. It was bent below the knee and twisted abnormally as it lay on the grass.
Trainers covered the leg with a towel as they began to treat him, and ESPN chose not to show the injury again. The game was stopped for about 10 minutes before Ramirez was loaded into an ambulance and taken to the hospital.
Ramirez is one of four Texas Tech players offered a scholarship before the season after appearing mostly on special teams in his first action as a redshirt sophomore 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 visited him at the hospital. The Texas Tech athletic trainer stayed with Ramirez. The school said it will pay the family’s expenses per NCAA rules.