Call the medic? The New York Post's Page Six claims Maria Menounos broke a rib during practice for her Cha-Cha-Cha on the Dancing With the Stars Season 14 premiere. A source told Page Six that Maria "has been in excruciating pain for the past few weeks during rehearsals, but she is staying strong and working through it. She refuses to give up.”

The story says Maria is even hiding a rib brace underneath her sexy gear. She and Derek Hough have the Quickstep this week. Page Six also added, "We also hear Maria has become close to Hough and the pair have been seen out for dinner and at a Lakers basketball game rooting for Maria’s favorite team, the Celtics."

Color us cynical, but Maria wasn't dancing like she broke a rib on the premiere. And wouldn’t she have mentioned the injury, at least in passing? Plus, the addition about getting close to Derek makes it sound like they are trying to play up both the sympathy and cozy partnership angles to maybe get more votes. It just seems a wee bit suspicious to have some unnamed source be leaking this kind of intel right before the Week 2 dance, especially during such a competitive season.

Catch the next new episode of DWTS on Monday, March 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

Source: New York Post

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