Former NFL linebacker Ray Lewis has dropped out of “Dancing With the Stars” after an old foot injury flared up during a rehearsal. His exit comes just two weeks after supermodel Christie Brinkley left the competition due to a wrist and arm injury.
Lewis tore a tendon in his foot in 2010 and, while preparing for Monday’s episode, tore three tendons that would require surgery, he said in an interview with People — although he said there was a “silver lining” to the mishap.
“It’s been eight years [since the injury], and I’d decided to leave it alone,” the former Baltimore Ravens player said. “Now, I’ve seen a doctor who can actually fix my toe, I’m really super excited; he’s not going to fix just one, but all three toes.”
Lewis was in the audience of the show Monday and told host Tom Bergeron that “God don’t make no mistakes” and he benefited from the show despite the injury.
“I take this opportunity to learn new people and find new people, but it taught me to dance again,” he said.
On Monday night, the 44-year-old Lewis also posted a farewell on his Instagram account, saying, “Not the ending I had hoped or worked for but that mirror ball wasn’t in the plans for me. I can’t thank you enough for the support and love,” punctuated with the praying hands emoji and a heart.
“Injuries have never stopped me before and certainly not now,” he continued. “I’ll be back doing the squirrel dance soon enough.”
His dance partner, Cheryl Burke, will reportedly continue hitting the dance floor with Season 24 winner Rashad Jennings, also a former NFL star.
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