Doctors Clear Injured Kenny Chesney to Perform

Doctors Clear Injured Kenny Chesney to Perform
Kenny Chesney
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04/28/2008 11:45PM

Kenny Chesney received the go-ahead Monday to continue his Poets & Pirates tour after injuring his foot during a concert in Columbia, S.C. Saturday night.

Chesney was checked out by a sports medicine/orthopedic doctor from the Tennessee Titan's football team in Nashville, who said the singer could perform but needs to take it easy, according to his rep.

Chesney, who also underwent a series of tests with his own orthopedist in Nashville, said he was determined to continue with the tour if possible.

"Dr. Elrod got that the last thing I want to do is cancel shows, but also that I don't want any kind of lasting damage … because being able to hit that stage and really rock the fans is important to me," Chesney said. "He told me it's going to hurt – though nothing could hurt worse than Saturday I don't think – and they can give me something to deaden the pain when I get out there."

Chesney didn't break any bones during the onstage accident, when his foot got pinned between the stage and a hydraulic elevator used for his dramatic opening entrance. He sustained a hematoma from the ankle down, with most of the damage in his toes. At the show, the country super star continued to perform before a crowd of more than 44,000 people for about an hour and 40 minutes, visibly in pain.

"It was scary for a moment," added Chesney. "You don't know what's happening and you just feel this pain. Once you're out of there, though, the crowd carries you. "

Chesney's tour resumes May 1 in Austin, Texas.

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