“Dancing with the Stars” 2013 contestant, Jacoby Jones, is lagging way behind in dance rehearsals. In fact, the Baltimore Ravens football player was just cleared to dance by his doctor. The NFL star had knee surgery just before the announcement was made at the end of February who would be competing on season 16 of “DWTS.”
A source told People magazine that Jacoby and pro dance partner, Karina Smirnoff, are now “ready for the challenge, they are both incredible athletes and they’re used to pressure and working hard under any circumstance.”
Karina tweeted Thursday:
“Had a great 1st official day of rehearsals! @TheRealJacoby12 is cleared to dance! Yay!”
The source added that the pair have a lot of catching up to do. The other couples have been rehearsing for weeks. With Jacoby and Karina getting a late start, how will they measure up against their competition the first week of “DWTS”?
“It’s unfortunate on a preparation level that they don’t have as much time as everyone else. It’s crunch time,” the source said.
Karina was happy to learn she was being paired with Jacoby for season 16 of “DWTS.”
“I was on cloud nine. I couldn’t be happier. I saw the Oscars. I saw the announcement that he was part of the show. At that point, I was like, ‘Please, please, please can I be his partner?’”
Looks like she got her wish!
“Dancing with the Stars” 2013 premieres Monday, March 18 at 8 p.m., ET/PT on ABC.