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    Will Dinged-Up Derek Hough Keep Hoofing on Dancing With the Stars?

    Injuries are never a good thing. But for folks like Derek Hough, they can be career-enders.

    So, naturally, when we learned that Ricki Lake's partner on Dancing With the Stars had dislocated his shoulder in rehearsal prior to Tuesday's show, there was plenty of concern.

    Sure, Derek totally succeeding in cutting loose on the ballroom floor with his Footloose-starring sis Julianne Hough that night, but did he end up doing further damage to himself?

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    "I'm fine," Derek told E! News on Thursday while taking a break from rehearsing with Ricki. "It popped in and out on Tuesday and it's been bothering me all week, but I've got some cortisone in there. I'm just rehabilitating it. But it's fine. I'll be fine. I'm not worried about it."

    In fact, as Ricki was quick to point out, her partner was already back to hitting the gym.

    So, what exactly caused the shoulder injury in the first place?

    "Just wear and tear," Derek said. "A lot of dancing with Ricki...working with my sister, trying out different lifts and tricks. There was a lot going on last week, so I think it was just one of those things that happens. Dancing is an athletic sport. Injuries happen and you just have to get on with it."

    Well, if seeing him in action with Ricki in the clip above is any indication, it looks like Derek is getting on with it just fine.

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