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Denver Broncos Safety Rahim Moore Out for Remainder of Playoffs

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Broncos starting safety Rahim Moore will miss this weekend's AFC Championship game and the Super Bowl should Denver advance.

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There will not be a repeat of Rahim Moore's now-infamous coverage breakdown that led to the Baltimore Ravens beating the Denver Broncos and advancing to last year's AFC Championship.

A league source with knowledge of the situation tells Acme Packing Company that Moore will miss the remainder of the playoffs with lateral compartment syndrome. The source requested anonymity because the injury has not been officially announced.

Moore underwent surgery to alleviate lateral compartment syndrome in his leg on November 18. The Broncos placed him on injured reserve with the designation to return the following day. Had Denver's medical staff cleared Moore, he could have been eligible to return for this Sunday's conference championship game against the Patriots.

Despite only playing in 10 games this season, Moore set a career high in interceptions (2) and was on pace for more tackles (70) than in any previous season. Without Moore, Denver's defense finished the season with the 27th-most passing yards allowed and gave up the 22nd-most points in the NFL.

Losing Moore for the remainder of the playoffs represents the latest blow to an injury-riddled defense. This past weekend, starting cornerback Chris Harris tore the ACL in his left knee. This comes in the wake of Von Miller's torn right ACL suffered a few weeks prior. The Broncos will also be without defensive linemen Kevin Vickerson and Derek Wolfe who were lost earlier in the season.

Jason Hirschhorn covers the NFL and the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief for Hook'em Headlines. His work has previously appeared on Beats Per Minute, Lombardi Ave, and College Hoops Net.