'Dancing with the Stars' contestants respond to the news of Ray Lewis' departure. The NFL Legend's leg injury has his fellow competitors discussing the issues surrounding injuries on the show.
Season 28 of "Dancing with the Stars" is only three weeks in and the show has already seen two of its contestants leave the show because of unexpected injuries. Speaking about Ray Lewis' injury, Alan Bersten explains:
"Dancing is a very physical and hard sport. If you don't take care of your body -- even if you're a pro football player who is in the Hall of Fame -- you can get injured."
Baltimore Ravens player, Ray Lewis holding the Vince Lombardi Trophy following the Ravens win against the San Francisco 49ers during Super Bowl XLVII, on February 3, 2013, in New Orleans, Louisiana | Source: Getty Images
"The most important thing I learned from this experience, enjoy every moment of it. Regardless of the ending, I truly enjoyed the journey and everything it taught me. It wasn't just about dance, but about pushing limits, getting out of my comfort zone and trying something new."
Lewis admits that is was a tough decision to leave the show and he went back and forth about it, but eventually a conversation with his mother convinced him that he had to drop out of the show.
His partner, Cheryl Burke, shares her concerns about the number of contestants who have dropped from "Dancing with the Stars" due to injuries, such as Nancy O'Dell and Jewel. She suggested to Entertainment Tonight that the show creates a spin off for injured contestants to dance again.
Lamar Odom and his dance partner, Peta Murgatroyd, along with Kel Mitchell and and Witney Carson, who were in the bottom two this week, were all saved from elimination because of Lewis' departure.
The couples were surprisingly relieved by the news of no eliminations on Monday night. Murgatroyd explains her relief saying:
"I'm so glad that we didn't go home, I said that to [Lamar]. I was freaking out a little bit."
"I know if Ray had to leave the show, he must really be hurt. But God is on his side, and I'm on his side as well. So, he'll be all right," Odom says about Lewis’ departure.
"The Office's" Kate Flannery understands the risk of injuries, admitting that dancing for the show has really pushed her physical limits.
Her partner Pasha Pashkov reveals that Flannery has been to physical therapy at least 4 times this week alone.
"Dancing with the Stars" has managed to keep going despite the injury related departures. The show has found suitable replacements to step in.
Just days before the premiere, Christie Brinkley shattered her arm during practice. She was replaced by her daughter Sailor Brinkley-Cook. Lewis will be replaced by season 24 champion and NFL star, Rashad Jennings.