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Tom DeLay on Dancing With The Stars

With less than one week to go before the season 9 premiere, Dancing with the Stars has suffered its first casualty, in former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

Tom injured himself during a rehearsal with pro dance partner Cheryl Burke. “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,” the Texas politician posted on Twitter Tuesday.

A DWTS rep confirms the injury to PEOPLE, saying DeLay is currently having his foot examined in Los Angeles. Doctors will determine if he can continue on the show, which kicks off Monday, Sept. 21 on ABC.

The injury is however not likely to restrict the politician from dancing on premier night as he twittered again on Tuesday afternoon, “No stress fracture. It’s a pre-stress fracture. I live for another day.”

People is also reporting that DWTS will honor Patrick Swayze on its Sept. 23 live results show.

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