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Warren Sapp dances onto Thursday Night footall

November 13, 2008 |  5:17 pm

Warren Sapp and Kym Johnson

Warren Sapp was at the Culver City studios of the NFL Network on Thursday for a satellite segment to be broadcast during the NFL Network's Thursday night pre-game show between the Jets and the Patriots.

The Total Access on Location crew -- Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk, Deion Sanders, Rich Eisen, et al  -- was shivering on an outside set in New England. But Sapp was warm and toasty in the NFL Network's Los Angeles studio after a hard day of dance practice with "Dancing With the Stars" partner Kym Johnson.

For the pre-game segment, Warren and Kym did about 45 seconds of a jitterbug that they'll introduce during Monday's "Dancing With the Stars" semifinal show.

Kym looked quizzical as Sapp exchanged football jokes with Sanders and Faulk. The show also will include a taped Sapp piece on Jets quarterback Brett Favre.

Sapp has been a traveling man this week. He was in New York for a 4:30 a.m. wakeup call last Sunday for his NFL Network GameDay show. He caught a red-eye flight to California for some last-minute dance practice with Johnson. Then it was back East after Tuesday's "DWTS" results show. Then it was time for another red-eye flight to reach Los Angeles for more dance practice with Johnson and more TV taping.

-- Diane Pucin

Photo: Warren Sapp and Dancing With The Stars partner Kym Johnson are shown dancing during the NFL Network's "Total Access on Location" pre-game show. The couple was in the network's Culver City studios. Credit: NFL Network