ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos safety Rahim Moore underwent emergency surgery Monday for a potentially life-threatening condition known as lateral compartment syndrome.
“The timeframe is unknown at this point,” Interim Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio said of Moore’s recovery. “He’ll be out this week, for sure, and possibly longer.”
After leaving Sunday’s game against the Chiefs with a lower-leg injury, Moore called trainer Steve Antonopulos in the middle of the night, saying his leg still hurt and felt weak, the team said in a statement.
Antonopulos and the Broncos’ medical staff diagnosed Moore’s leg injury as lateral compartment syndrome, a condition in which pressure build-up starves body tissue of blood and oxygen.
The condition can be caused by a wide variety of factors, including impact injuries, broken bones and the use of creatine supplements. Moore came out of Sunday’s game in the second quarter with a leg injury.
Del Rio said he was glad Moore thought to call the trainer, because holding off from the surgery could’ve had limb- or even life-threatening results.
“It could have been something that started during the week. It could have been something that started during pregame warm ups. I don’t know. I’m not sure anyone knows,” Del Rio said. “But at some point he ended up with basically a muscle that was bleeding. That’s the best way I can I explain it – that’s my understanding of it.”
According to WebMD, among the symptoms of compartment syndrome are pain that seems greater than expected for an injury; a new and persistent deep ache; numbness, pins-and-needles or electricity-like pain in the limb; and swelling, tightness and bruising.
The surgery is designed to relieve the pressure in the limb. Moore is expected to recover fully.