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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Broncos' Rahim Moore nearly lost leg in November

By on 5/28/2014 05:00:00 PM

When Denver Broncos safety Rahim Moore was diagnosed with acute compartment syndrome in November of last year, it may have slipped under the radar. After all, high-profile teammates Von Miller and Ryan Clady were hurt too, but Moore's injury was more serious than originally believed.

Building pressure in Moore's leg caused blood flow to part of it to be cut off, killing cells. At the time,
doctors told him had he waited one day longer, amputation and even death were possible.

"You are not cutting my leg off," Moore told doctors, according to's Joan Neisen. "That's not happening."

Doctors instead performed a fasciotomy, a procedure which involves cutting through the fibrous tissue, to relieve pressure and clean out the dead or dying muscle. A week later, a second procedure ended Moore's season.

"I didn't know if I would ever walk again," Moore said. "I didn't know if I would ever be the Rahim that I know I can be, and also be able to have the footwork and be swift and things like that."

Although he now has a 13-inch scar on his lower leg, Moore now faces less than a 15 percent chance the condition reoccurs. He has achieved a full recovery in a six-month period.

Good thing too, since even with the additions of T.J. Ward and Aqib Talib in the secondary, Denver could use the help. It'll also give Moore the chance to atone for the mistake that led to Jacoby Jones' game-changing touchdown for Baltimore in the 2013 playoff loss to Baltimore.

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