Tom DeLay Suffers "Dancing" Injury

Former pol tweets his ballroom injury

Tuesday, Sep 15, 2009  |  Updated 11:30 PM CDT
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Former Republican Congressman Tom "the hammer" DeLay is still expected to perform on "Dancing with the Stars."

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Tom DeLay has suffered a "Dancing" injury, but it's not enough to keep him from the ballroom.

The 62-year-old Republican, who has been paired with professional Cheryl Burke, revealed on Tuesday morning he thought he had a significant foot injury.

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"Old age is catching up to me, may have a stress fracture in my foot. no worries, it'll take more than that to keep me off the dance floor!" he Tweeted.

But a short while later, he revealed the injury wasn't as severe as he first thought.

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"No stress fracture! It is a pre-stress fracture. I live for another day," he wrote.

"Dancing With the Stars" instituted new practice rules for the ninth season of the show, limiting contestants to just five hours of rehearsal a day. Last season, Access Hollywood's own Nancy O'Dell and singer Jewel had to drop out before the show even started due to injury, while Gilles Marini, who made it to the finals, underwent surgery as a result of his "DWTS" experience.

Tom continues to work on his ballroom moves, something Cheryl recently told Access hasn't been easy for the man who was known as "The Hammer" while working in the United States House of Representatives.

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"We're getting there. Slowly but surely," Cheryl previously told Access. "But at the end of the day, this is something completely out of his element and I think he's such a brave man for going out in front of millions of people… You know, he's not going to be the best dancer of the bunch. That's for sure. But hopefully he'll bring something new and different. Bring out his personality. Hopefully it'll change what his image is all about."

The new season of "Dancing With the Stars" debuts on Monday, September 21.

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