Saints Long Snapper Jon Dorenbos to Undergo Surgery on Aortic Aneurysm

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistSeptember 8, 2017

Aug 10, 2017; Green Bay, WI, USA; Philadelphia Eagles center Jon Dorenbos (46) watches the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
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New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton announced Friday that Jon Dorenbos has an aortic aneurysm that will require open-heart surgery. The recently acquired long snapper will be placed on the Non-Football Injury list.

According to Josh Katzenstein of the Times-Picayune, "Payton said Dr. John Amoss discovered the issue on a follow-up physical and saved Dorenbos' life with the discovery."

Dorenbos was traded from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Saints in late August for a 2019 seventh-round pick. Were it not for the physical after the trade, it's possible Dorenbos would not have discovered the condition.

The trade is unlikely to stand, however. Payton said the Saints will look to rescind it based on Dorenbos' pre-existing condition, according to Katzenstein, who added: "For everyone twisting this, Payton didn't make [rescinding the trade] important. Had to be asked to keep record straight."

Herbie Teope of the Times-Picayune said the team brought in former Denver Broncos long snapper Jeff Overbaugh for a visit Friday and that New Orleans "plans to look at [a] handful of long snappers."