Cheryl Burke’s head injury on ‘DWTS’ leaves AJ McLean ‘mortified’

Prior to their Psycho themed tango on Monday’s “Dancing With the Stars,” partners AJ McLean and Cheryl Burke dealt with a real life horror. During Sunday’s rehearsal, Burke fell and audibly smacked her head against the ground.

“I was completely mortified,” recalled McLean. “I was with her every second. She's family now. I got to protect her, just like she does for me.”

Burke was cleared to dance by the medical staff and did a great job. After the performance she was all smiles, even though she was still a little sore.

“I'm actually doing okay,” said Burke. “You know, I go in and out a little bit. I think I hurt my rotator cuff more than my neck but I'm hard-headed, thank God.”