EXCLUSIVE: 'DWTS' Pros Sharna Burgess and Gleb Savchenko Give Injury Updates and Rest-of-Season Predictions
By Zach Seemayer
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Dancing With the Stars pros Sharna Burgess and Gleb Savchenko both suffered painful knee injuries over the last few weeks, and both are healing while still trying to be the best teachers possible for their star partners.
Burgess is still in recovery mode after her doctor sidelined her for several weeks, but the Australian pro said she's confident that she'll soon be hitting the dance floor alongside partner James Hinchcliffe.
"I'm healing really, really quickly and I promise I will be back before the end," Burgess, 31, told ET's Cameron Mathison backstage after Monday's DWTS.
According to Burgess, the injury she suffered has worse ramifications than mere pain, which is why she's taking her time with her recovery.
"This is a different kind of injury… this is an injury with risk that really has a lot consequences for my career," she explained. "I had to consider and make that really hard decision that if I take this Monday off and give it a little bit more time, maybe I can be here for the next two weeks but I can also go on tour, I can go next season."
"I have a lot more dancing years left in me, so I can't break these bad boys just yet!" she added.
In Sharna's absence, Hinchcliffe has been partnered up with Jenna Johnson, and the two have delivered stellar performances two weeks in a row. However, the 29-year-old IndyCar star admits that having to change things up this late in the game has been "challenging."
"We started this journey together, we want to finish it together," Hinchcliffe said of Burgess. "Jenna has been great stepping in, and she's been so helpful to me and Sharna, but we want to [dance together] again, so hopefully that will happen soon."
For Burgess, watching Hinchcliffe dance without her has been an "internal battle."
"I'm incredibly proud of him every single time, and I'm cheering in that skybox and I love it. But as his dance partner, I want to be out there with him," she explained. "I've enjoyed every single moment of this experience with him and I hate missing out on things!"
As for Savchenko's injury, the 33-year-old Russian dancer managed to fight through the pain to deliver two perfect-scoring performances with partner Jana Kramer on Monday. However, he admitted that he needs to continue to tend to his health.
"I just have to take care of it and do rehab every day and ice it and maybe drain it one more time," Savchenko shared.
"He's so tough and he's so stubborn too," Kramer shared. "We were in rehearsal yesterday, he's barely able to walk, and I'm like, 'Babe, like seriously, I don't want you to hurt yourself more.' He's like, 'No, I'm not letting you down. I'm dancing, I'm dancing.' He cares so much and it means a lot."