Denver Broncos free safety Rahim Moore has made plenty of strides in his third season in the NFL, and he has went from being a decent safety into one that is potentially great. Even though he became (and still is, for some) the brunt of jokes after his awful blown coverage- and weird leap- in last season’s playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens, Moore has been a solid safety and is only getting better. He’s made improvements in coverage this year and has been a steady presence at the back end of the Broncos secondary.
So when he went down with a leg injury in the second quarter of yesterday’s win over the Kansas City Chiefs, there was immediate cause for concern. Those concerns didn’t calm down when Moore was immediately ruled out of the rest of the game, and the Broncos will feel the effects of losing Moore over the next several weeks.
According to the Denver Post, Rahim Moore will miss “several weeks” with a “serious lower leg” injury that he suffered yesterday, and Mike Adams will have to start at free safety in Moore’s stead. Adams isn’t a true FS, but he does have experience there and won’t embarrass himself by any means. Still, he’s a clear downgrade on Moore, who is one of the more underrated players in the game and has quietly turned into a very good safety, particularly in coverage. In ten games this season, the 23-year-old UCLA product has 44 tackles, six passes defended, and two interceptions, but the bright side of his injury is that Moore should be able to return to the Broncos during the playoffs. You know, when things really count for this team (not that next week’s game against the New England Patriots isn’t important, though).