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NFL notebook: Emergency surgery shelves Broncos safety

| Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, 9:06 p.m.
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The Broncos' Rahim Moore (right) watches as Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe makes a catch during the game Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Moore had to have emergency surgery after the game.

Broncos safety Rahim Moore underwent emergency surgery Monday for a condition known as lateral compartment syndrome that can cost patients a limb or even their life.

Moore is out indefinitely.

Moore left the Broncos' 27-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half Sunday night after being unable to accelerate on Jamaal Charles' 35-yard run. He was replaced by veteran Mike Adams.

The Broncos said he had a lower leg injury and removed him from the game.

During the night, Moore called the team's athletic trainer because he still was experiencing pain and swelling and was told to see a doctor, who determined he needed what's called a fasciotomy.

That's where a surgeon cuts open the skin and fascia covering the affected compartment, which are groupings of muscles, nerves and blood vessels.

Hits result in suspensions

Colts linebacker Erik Walden's head-butt and Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson's helmet-to-helmet hit have earned one-game suspensions from the NFL.

NFL vice president of football operations Merton Hanks announced the punishments Monday.

Walden pulled off the helmet of Titans tight end Delanie Walker, then slammed his own helmet into Walker's head during Indianapolis' game against Tennessee on Thursday.

It was similar to what Texans defensive end Antonio Smith did in the preseason to Miami guard Richie Incognito, earning Smith a one-game ban in the regular season and for two exhibition games.

Walden was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct, but not ejected from the Tennessee game.

Goldson was penalized for unnecessary roughness for his hit on a defenseless receiver, Roddy White, against Atlanta on Sunday.

It was Goldson's third such violation this season. He was fined $30,000 for hitting a defenseless player in the head and neck area in Week 1, then was initially suspended for a game for a helmet-to-helmet hit in Week 2. That ban was changed to a $100,000 fine on appeal.

Both players have the right to appeal and are expected to do so.

Investigator, Dolphins meet

The NFL's special investigator looking into the Dolphins' harassment case has begun questioning players at the team's complex.

As New York attorney Ted Wells began a visit expected to last two or three days, he released a statement in his first public comments about the investigation. Wells said he'll meet with players, coaches and staff. He added that the organization has been helpful in arranging interviews and urging personnel to cooperate.

Tackle Jonathan Martin left the team three weeks ago and alleges he was harassed daily by teammates, including guard Richie Incognito, who has been suspended. Martin spent nearly seven hours with Wells on Friday in New York.

Fan's fall caught on video

Authorities say charges are possible after an unruly fan fell from the third deck of Ralph Wilson Stadium and landed on another man during the Buffalo Bills' game against the New York Jets.

The team says the man won't be allowed back into the stadium.

Video shows the fan sliding down a handrail in a seated position Sunday before flipping backward and falling about 30 feet into the stands below.

Erie County sheriff's spokeswoman Mary Murray says the fall is being investigated and charges may be filed. Police aren't releasing the men's names because of the investigation and aren't commenting on their condition, citing privacy laws. A witness said both were conscious after the accident.

Bills president Russ Brandon said in a statement Monday that the fallen fan's behavior was irresponsible.

Longtime Bengals assistant dies

Jack Donaldson, part of the Cincinnati Bengals' original coaching staff, has died. He was 86.

The team said he died Saturday in Cincinnati.

Donaldson was hired by Paul Brown and stayed on the staff from 1968-77.

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