Dec 23, 2001
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From a press release:<BR><BR>Richie Morris recently underwent surgery from Dr. Beinz at Gem City Bone and Joint. The purpose was to try to somewhat repair his crushed left wrist, a product of the March Daytona crash we all remember. After going inside the doctors felt there was too much damage, therefore the wrist was permanently fused.<BR><BR>"Yeah, it is kind of bad, but I am better off than last year, riding in all of that pain. It wasn't too bad at some tracks, adrenaline is a great thing. But, I would usually go back to the motorhome and cry after the race was over. Basically, it is no different, I wasn't able to bend it last year, so now I'll never bend it again. They took some bone from my hip and grafted it over my wrist, then with a metal rod and plate, welded the thing all together."<BR><BR>Richie has been given the go-ahead to return to the gym Jan. 1. with light weights. "I can't wait, I haven't been in a gym since February at Daytona, and I can definitely feel it on the bike," said Morris. "I just thank God it was my left wrist. Had it been my right, my racing<BR>career would for sure be over. But it's not, and I am as hungry as ever to win the Buell Championship!"<BR><BR>(Editor's Note: Morris underwent surgery November 13, 2001.)