Hines Ward on Kym Johnson's injury: 'I was sick'


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Fans of Dancing with the Stars saw first-hand on Monday how Kym Johnson injured herself while rehearsing with partner Hines Ward last week. Cameras caught Johnson as she fell to the floor during a complicated lift — which prompted a well-publicized trip to the hospital. The pro was in fine form Monday — indeed, the couple’s first dance earned a perfect score of 30 — but video of the rehearsal was excruciating to watch.   

“I was sick,” Hines told reporters afterwards. “You never wanna see your partner…we’ve been together for 10 weeks and that Friday was the worst Friday ever, to see your partner carted off and just being in the hospital with her and going over the MRIs. You start contemplating, what could I have done? Could I have prevented the fall? You start second guessing yourself and then you put things in perspective. It was a trying week. To be honest with you, I didn’t even think about dancing. I was more concerned with her safety than anything.”

“I’m lucky,” Johnson added. “The doctors cleared me this morning to dance. It was a bit touch and go. I just felt so bad for Hines, you know, because we’ve come so far. It was my stupid fault. It was the semis, I was trying to put this move in. Now I learned a bit of a lesson. And Hines has just been incredible and carried me through that dance. I’m just really lucky and all our fans and Steelers Nation have been so supportive.”

Johnson was diagnosed with a sprain and left the hospital in a neck brace. “I can’t even remember what the doctor said,” she said.

“Sprained vertebrae,” Hines said. “It’s like the muscle between the vertebrae, C7.”

“C7, yeah,” Johnson continued. “I’m just lucky I took more of it on my shoulders as opposed to my neck. I was very lucky. went to the doctor this morning for the all clear. I just got out of my neck brace because he wanted me to keep it all good. But now I’ve got a bit more movement. And I’ve obviously modified the routines. There was a lot more tricks in it, but Hines is such a good dancer so we just relied on that. And I should have done it all along because it got us 10s.”

Thanks to a little help from Cheryl Burke, Ward was able to prepare for Monday’s performance show while his partner was recovering. He and Johnson still managed to rehearse over the weekend — with a few restrictions. “[I had the] neck brace on,” Johnson said. “I was just taking him through the moves,” she said. “I wasn’t really dancing properly. Today was the first day without the neck brace. All the doctors at Cedar Sinai were fantastic and they helped me get through today.

“I’ve never been so scared, I have to say.” — With reporting from Carrie Borzillo

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  • Jem Ho

    I’m so glad she’s ok! Scary scary stuff. That was pretty remarkable to come back and dance the way they did after that kind of injury. It was very sweet that Hines teared up after the first dance tonight too. They are a great pair together.

    • HillyBean

      I think it was the first time I’VE ever teared up watching the show! Hines somehow managed to dance while protecting Kym at all costs, and those tears afterward showed how worried it must’ve been. Nice to see such class acts, and thank goodness Kym is going to be okay.

    • Derek

      Darn, I wish I was on this season so I could have a more dramatical injury. Mark, please top that next week.

      • Dr. Linus

        I’m glad that she’s okay. She’s a trooper for sure and Hines is such a class act.

  • Andie

    Wow. I am in awe of Hines and Kym.

  • o

    That fall looked scary. Glad she’s okay.

  • kate middleton

    That looked super painful and scary. I really hope Hines and Kym win it – they are fantastic. I wouldn’t mind if they got married too!

    • say what

      Get real dummy!

  • Chris F

    That first dance was impressive and goes to show you that Hines Ward really cares about his partner when he was tearing up.

  • Cindy Stoffolano

    I think Kim’s husband might not like them getting married Kate

  • Cindy Stoffolano

    I have to take back my last comment could not find any verification that Kym is married

  • DJ

    If they don’t start dating after this.. They make a great couple and you can tell Hines really cares about her.

    • nuffsaid

      I had read a while ago that the two of them appeared to be “together” outside of the DWTS venue. So, I wouldn’t be surprised if they ended up together. That would be nice. They seem to have a good chemistry and care for each other.

  • DJ

    Neither of them are married

  • Rs

    I love them together! They seem to really balance each other. Hines brought me to tears tonight- and I am not a crier!

  • Marie

    Pretty scary fall, glad all is ok, they are the best dancers, he is a very caring person and shed REAL tears

  • kgkf

    need fresh air


  • Baily

    DO NOT VOTE FOR MARK AND CHELSEA…that will stick it to the Judges who are rigging the show………………………………..Now Ralph and Karina do not have a chance and Kim and Hines could also go home

    • Kate

      I couldn’t agree more! I have been so sick of Mark this season and last night when they started their instant cha-cha (against Hines & Kym) he was so over the top it made me feel so sorry for Chelsea. He’s always upstaged his partners but last night was an all time low. Go back & watch if you have it on DVR and you’ll see what i mean.

  • Francesca

    They were afraid that Chelsea and obnoxious Mark were loosing steam so they invented the 15 point CHA CHA……. so the JUDGES COULD RIG their win—it was planned in advance…….PATHETIC and their dance was not new—it was a repeat……….I just wish everyone realized it last night BEFORE they voted so they would not vote for Mark and Chelsea…It will be hard and impossible for anyone else to make up the 15 point deficet UNLESS no one votes for Mark and Chelsea next week…………….SO lets see who the JUDGES SCREWED tongiht by their voting

    • Karen

      OMG, you are so right on!!! Vote for Hines and Kym!!!!!

  • cc5

    some of you people seriously need to get lives. It’s a TV show for crying out loud!!

    • Sandra

      @cc5 – Posters like you just crack me up. You insult us for being on this site…where YOU obviously are too…? I mean, seriously? You don’t know how ridiculous you look.

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