Denver Broncos safety Moore undergoes emergency surgery after injury

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Rahim Moore struggles to find words after giving up the touchdown that allowed the Baltimore Ravens to tie even the score in the Denver Broncos' AFC divisional playoff game on Jan. 12, 2013. The Ravens won the game in double overtime.

Rahim Moore speaks to the media earlier this year.

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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. 

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