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Tom DeLay suffers foot injury during 'Dancing with the Stars' practice

By Christopher Rocchio, 09/16/2009 

So much for Dancing with the Stars' new training safety measures to help its celebrity participants avoid injury before the season starts.

"Old age is catching up to me, may have a stress fracture in my foot," indicted former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay posted Tuesday on his Twitter page, adding he wasn't too concerned about the possible injury.

"No worries, it'll take more than that to keep me off the dance floor!"

A Dancing with the Stars representative subsequently confirmed the injury to People and added the 62-year-old DeLay was having his foot examined in Los Angeles.

Despite the scare, DeLay apparently received good news following the exam.

"No stress fracture," he posted on his Twitter page on Tuesday afternoon. "It's a pre-stress fracture. I live for another day."

DeLay will compete with two-time mirror ball trophy winner Cheryl Burke when Dancing with the Stars ninth season premieres next Monday at 8PM ET/PT on ABC.

It was Burke who last month revealed that Dancing with the Stars producers had implemented new rules to help curtail injuries to its celebrity participants.

"There's a rule now that we're not allowed to train for more than five hours a day for the first two weeks," Burke told E! News at the time. "After every two hours, you have to have a 30-minute break.  And we have to have one full day off a week."

Injuries plagued Dancing with the Stars eighth season this past spring, as singer Jewel and Access Hollywood co-anchor Nancy O'Dell were both forced to withdraw prior to the premiere after sustaining serious injuries while training for the reality dance competition. 
In addition, Sex and the City star Gilles Marini injured his groin and subsequently needed surgery to repair a shoulder injury; Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak fractured his foot and was forced to wear a cast; and Steven "Steve-O" Glover suffered nerve damage in his back.

(Photo credit ABC)

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