Seattle Seahawks safety Paul Moyer reportedly has a ruptured disk in his neck that will sideline him the rest of the season and could end his football career.
Moyer, a graduate of Villa Park High School, suffered a recurrence of a "stinger"--a burning sensation usually around the neck--in Sunday's loss to the New York Giants, said team spokesman Dave Neubert.
Moyer has had the problem several times since he suffered a concussion in the Seahawks' Nov. 12 game against Cleveland and was sent to a specialist, Neubert said.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, citing a source who would speak only on the condition of anonymity, reported Thursday the examination revealed the ruptured disk.
Neubert said he could not confirm the report but he added that Moyer will not play in Sunday's game at Denver.
Coach Chuck Knox, who said he didn't know the results of the examination, said Moyer could end up on injured reserve for the remaining five games.
Moyer, who signed as a rookie free agent from Arizona State in 1983, became Seattle's starting strong safety last year and led the team with six interceptions.
The 6-foot-1, 203-pound Moyer lost his starting job to Nesby Glasgow this season and has played mainly as an extra defensive back on passing downs.