"Dancing with the Stars" featured an unprecedented three football players this season. But now the show has lost its quarterback as Doug Flutie was sent packing on Monday night while NFL stars Antonio Brown and Von Miller continue to battle.
On Monday's episode, featuring "famous dances" from movies and music videos, Flutie got the lowest score of the night for his Bollywood-themed number from the film "Slumdog Millionaire" with partner Karina Smirnoff.
After his elimination, Flutie told reporters, "It was a great experience [but] I knew it would be a matter of time. If it wasn't this week it would be next week. I think the writing was on the wall."
Flutie, 53, couldn't keep up with the competition and on Monday judges gave him just 21 out of a possible 30 points.
However, the 1984 Heisman Trophy winner thanked "DWTS" for "bringing me out of my shell, getting me comfortable doing different things."
Meanwhile, Brown wasn't comfortable at all in rehearsal as cameras showed him calling out partner Sharna Burgess.
Last week, when Burgess was partnered with "America's Next Top Model" star Nyle DiMarco during the show's "switch up" week, cameras showed her telling DiMarco that he and Boyz II Men singer Wanya Morris were potential winners.
Whoops! This week, rehearsal clips revealed that Pittsburgh Steelers star Brown was deeply hurt over Burgess' apparent lack of faith, telling her, "We have a team. We should have each other's back."
He added about the drive towards the mirror ball trophy, "I want to win it. You should want to win it, too."
Burgess smoothed things over and the pair went on to get a strong score of 27 out of 30 for their jive from the movie "Footloose."
Backstage, she explained to FOX411, "It's my job to know how to motivate Antonio and the truth is, we were at the bottom of the leader board and very far away from first place [before] and letting him know that motivated the competitor in him ... the fire is lit underneath him. We're a stronger team than ever, our communication is better. Now we're ready to take the win."
Brown said, "I always felt the same, we just gotta strengthen our team. If I don't say nothing, then [it means] I really don't care."
Of "Footloose," Brown said, "It felt really amazing. It was really fun, a lot of energy, a lot of great footwork."
But it was Morris and partner Lindsay Arnold who got the night's top score (29 out of 30) as they brilliantly recreated NSYNC's VMAs performance of "Bye Bye Bye."
Morris, who received 10s from two judges, was thrilled his friend, NSYNC member (and "DWTS" alum) Joey Fatone was on hand to watch him.
The singer, who has lost 22 pounds while doing the show, promised reporters, "We're going to work hard, persevere, and keep it moving."
But nipping on his heels was UFC fighter Paige VanZant, who did a hilarious "Austin Powers"-inspired dance complete with loud '60s costumes. Judges loved it and gave her and partner Mark Ballas 28 points.
DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd scored 25 for their "The Mask" tribute, tied with Jodie Sweetin, who imitated singer Pink in the video for her song "Try."
The "Full House" star suffered some drama in rehearsal this week—first, her partner Keo Motsepe accidentally hit her nose.
Then, when she tried to lift Motsepe in a complicated move, they fell and her left ankle was hurt.
Cameras showed Sweetin crying in pain and leaving for the hospital on a stretcher but she eventually returned to the studio, smiling to Motsepe, "Nothing is fractured ... I'm not going to let anything stop me."
After the show, she elaborated to reporters, "The number we did was incredibly demanding both physically and emotionally. We're happy to have gotten through it and it went well."
Sweetin said she was getting ice and "a lot of physical therapy" on her ankle.
"I was so scared. I didn't want to be done."
The three remaining competitors all scored 24--Denver Broncos player Von Miller and partner Witney Carson did a tribute to Michael Jackson's "Bad," "The Facts of Life" star Kim Fields (who was diagnosed with stress fractures, but soldiered on) and Sasha Farber shimmied for their "Hairspray" jive, and "GMA" weathergal Ginger Zee and pro Val Chmerkovskiy recreated Janet Jackson's music video "Nasty."