Injured Jewel Worried About Dancing Future

Injured Jewel Worried About Dancing Future
Peter Kramer/AP

02/25/2009 AT 12:00 AM EST

Could Jewel's Dancing future be over before the competition even begins?

With the premiere of Dancing with the Stars less than two weeks away, the singer has already been sidelined with this season’s first injury.

“I guess I really over did it on the rehearsal front!” the singer wrote on her blog (in an entry titled The Bee's Knee) posted on Wednesday. "My knees have been hurting so badly that I finally broke down and talked to husband Ty Murray's knee doctor yesterday."

And the prognosis wasn't good: "He said I have tendonitis in my knees and that I have to start a course of medicine to try and bring the swelling down," she writes.

The worst part of getting bum knees: staying off her feet for a few days and not hitting the rehearsal studio with her partner, newcomer Dmitry Chaplin, to practice their first dance, the cha cha.

"I'm just worried I won't even be able to dance!" the singer continues. "Hopefully these steroids will really do the trick and I can keep bad flare-ups at a sic bay in the future."

While Murray, who is also competing in this season's DWTS, had warned her not to overdo it ("now he got a big ol' 'I told you so' "), the singer writes: “But my Russian partner and I have the same work ethic and our motto has been ATTACK!! Well, it bit me in the behind, so I will have to bide my time and practice my moves in my head.”

And later Wednesday, she released a statement expressing more optimism.

“Yes it is true, I’ve had a minor setback in my training for Dancing with the Stars," she said. "But I am dedicated to getting better and showing the judges and America that I can cha-cha with the best of them. Don’t count me out as I am in this for the long run." --Liz Berman

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