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Ray Lewis Confirms Injury, Officially Exits Dancing With The Stars

Ray Lewis

Hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews confirmed Ray Lewis dropped out over an injury, following reports that he will no longer be competing for the Mirrorball Trophy.

Lewis’ decision came a week after he was close to being the first contestant eliminated.

Bergeron said an “old injury flared up,” which “took him out of the competition.”

Before the show, sources close to Lewis and his pro dance partner, Cheryl Burke, told Entertainment Tonight he was withdrawing because of an injury. However, the nature of the injury was not confirmed until the broadcast.

The NFL Hall of Famer, who won Super Bowl XXXV and XLVII with the Baltimore Ravens, hinted he was rethinking his commitment to the show in a lengthy Instagram post over the weekend. The post included a quote about “finding balance between work, family and rest.”

“Don’t get me wrong- I understand the grind- the effort and commitment it takes is unparalleled,” Ray Lewis wrote in the caption. “But when you finally level up what else will be left? Did you cut off your friends and family or sacrifice your mental health? Make time for what matters. Take care of yourself. Mind, Body, and Spirit. #NoExcuses.”

Ray Lewis is the second DWTS celebrity to leave the show with an injury this season, although the first since Season 28 kicked off. Christie Brinkley was announced as one of the contestants, but days before the premiere, she hurt her arm. Her daughter, Sailor Brinkley-Cook, replaced Brinkley.

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