Ray Lewis isn’t going long on this season of “Dancing With the Stars.”
The NFL star won't be able to save the last dance after facing a foot injury during a rehearsal for the show.
During the third week of the celebrity dance competition series, Lewis announced that he is bowing out of the show early due to the injury.
The former Baltimore Raven reinjured his foot while training for the cha-cha with his pro dance partner, Cheryl Burke.
“In a game in 2010, I tore a tendon in my foot. And now, all of this dancing, all of this on your toes, I’m reliving a problem that I thought I’d never have to live again,” he said in a video segment.
“I am having so much fun when it comes to the dancing part. But the part behind the scenes, it’s just been painful. It’s bothered me a lot.”
The former linebacker explained that he felt the pain through his dance journey. “I dealt with pain every practice,” said an emotional Lewis, 44. “I pushed through anything. But when he read the MRI to me today, I knew something was wrong.”
Lewis’ doctor told the star, “You tore three tendons. It’s going to require surgery.”
He added, “You keep dancing on it, it’s going to actually rupture.”
Lewis posted an Instagram of himself and Burke dancing on the show, with an explanation of his decision.
“Not the ending I had hoped or worked for but that mirror ball wasn’t in the plans for me,” Lewis started the caption for the post. “I can’t say thank you enough for the support and love 🙏🏿💜 Injuries have never stopped me before and certainly not now. I’ll be back doing the squirrel dance soon enough.”
Lewis isn’t the first star to end his “Dancing” tenure short due to an injury. In September, Christie Brinkley “suffered injuries which required surgery to her wrist and arm,” according to a statement released by ABC.
Although she would not return to the show, Brinkley was replaced by her youngest daughter Sailor Brinkley-Cook.
“Dancing With the Stars” airs Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.