Rahim Moore was mistaken.
The Denver Broncos' starting free safety thought he had options when his attending physicians at Sky Ridge Medical Center told him in the wee hours of Nov. 18 that he would need surgery on his lower leg.
"I asked them, 'If I have this surgery can I play next week?' " Moore said. "They said, 'Most definitely not.' So I told them: 'Well, don't do it. Don't touch me.' Before I knew it, I woke up wearing a patient outfit."
For the first time since he underwent emergency surgery to correct a circulation disorder called lateral compartment syndrome three weeks ago, Moore attended a Broncos game Sunday, said he plans on playing in January.