What happened to Melissa Rycroft?
In footage taken during the rehearsal, Rycroft’s partner, Tony Dovolani, jumps over Rycroft and then pulls her by her arms between his legs along the ballroom floor. When she pops up, she immediately puts a hand to her neck, grimaces and cries out in pain. Later, she’s also seen on the floor wiping tears away and holding her neck.
“Melissa Rycroft suffered an on-set injury during Sunday’s camera blocking rehearsal and was immediately taken to the hospital,” a rep tells PEOPLE. “We can confirm Melissa was diagnosed with a disc herniation at the C4-C5 level of her cervical spine. At this time, Melissa’s ability to perform in tonight’s show will be a show time decision.”
The footage also shows Rycroft, 29, strapped to a stretcher while wearing a head and neck brace and being carried away in a Los Angeles Fire Department ambulance.
Rycroft is one of the eight remaining all-star contestants competing on the show.