The Denver Broncos may be without safety Rahim Moore for the remainder of the season after the third-year defensive back had emergency surgery on Monday shortly after he was diagnosed with lateral compartment syndrome in his lower left leg, according to Joan Niesen and Mike Klis of The Denver Post.
Moore, 23, left the team's Sunday night victory over the Kansas City Chiefs with a leg injury that was called "serious," although specifics and a timetable were not given immediately. On Tuesday, The Denver Post broke down what exactly lateral compartment syndrome means:
Compartment syndrome occurs when a muscle - which is essentially in a compartment between two fasciae, the connective tissue that surrounds muscles - begins to swell. Swelling continues and continues, eventually restricting blood flow to the muscle, which can lead to nerve damage.
One day removed from surgery, the Broncos reportedly aren't sure about a timetable of recovery for Moore and they are considering placing him on the injury reserve.
Best remembered for allowing a late touchdown to Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones in the postseason that ultimately eliminated the Broncos from the postseason, Moore had emerged as a solid free safety for the team in 2013.
With Moore out of the lineup, the Broncos turned to veteran defensive back Mike Adams to fill his shoes on Sunday night, but fans should also expect an increased contribution from fifth-year veteran David Bruton, who has primarily served as a special teamer during his NFL career.