Melissa Rycroft will be sitting out tonight at Dancing With the Stars, thanks to a hairline fracture of the ribs, the Associated Press reports. While practicing with partner Tony Dovolani the former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader and star of The Bachelor aggravated an injury she suffered last week, forcing her to miss tonight’s performance (though she is expected to stay in the competition). In a pre-taped segment Rycroft told the Dancing audience, “I hurt my ribs last week doing a difficult move. It was feeling better and then I hurt myself again….I felt a blinding pain shoot down my side, so we decided it would be best to go actually have a doctor check it out.” Rycroft is one of many Dancing competitors sidelined by an injury. Steve Wozniak, Steve-O, and Gilles Marini have all been hurt during the season, while Nancy O’Dell and Jewel pulled out of the competition with injuries before the season premiered.
A show insider tells EW that Rycroft is expected to be back on the show Tuesday night, and that if she isn’t eliminated, she wants to continue on the show.