Rahim Moore has been a quality NFL safety for the Denver Broncos, and losing him would be a significant blow for a defense that just can’t seem to keep its players healthy. Moore had surgery Monday morning for lateral compartment syndrome in his lower leg, interim coach Jack Del Rio said:
Jack Del Rio described Rahim Moore’s injury as bleeding in the muscle near left calf area. Not sure when it came on. “It’s rare.”
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) November 18, 2013
As it turns out, the surgery will force the Broncos to place Moore on injured reserve with designation to return:
Rahim Moore on Tuesday was placed on the Broncos injured reserve list and in his place, Denver signed free-agent safety Michael Huff.
Moore on Monday underwent emergency surgery after being hospitalized and diagnosed with lateral compartment syndrome in his lower left leg.
Moore’s IR status is designated to return — which means he must sit out six weeks. But he can come back for the final game of the season, if he’s healed.
The team will have to rely on Michael Huff, who the team signed earlier, to come in and help make up for the production lost with Moore’s move to the I.R. for bsically the rest of the regular season.
Moore called the team late Sunday night, Del Rio said, because of the pain, and he was taken to surgery. Moore has 44 tackles and two interceptions this season, and it appears as though he’ll be out at least this week vs the New England Patriots, and probably longer.