Former Philadelphia Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos had an aortic aneurysm and will require open heart surgery, according to New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton. BGN’s SB Nation sister site Canal Street Chronicles was first to report the news.
The New Orleans Saints will need to find a long snapper for 2017. According to head coach Sean Payton, the team is placing veteran Jon Dorenbos on NFI due to a need for immediate open heart surgery.
Per a source familiar with the situation, the Saints doctors uncovered something serious with Dorenbos after further medical testing. According to Payton, it’s an aortic aneurysm from a pre-existing condition, and the catch by Dr. John Amoss has saved his life.
The Eagles traded Dorenbos, the longest-tenured member on Philadelphia’s roster at the time, to the Saints last week in exchange for a seventh round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. It sounds like New Orleans wants to cancel the trade.
Payton did mention in his Friday morning press conference that the Saints will be working to rescind the trade due to this being a pre-existing condition.
For what it’s worth, my understanding is that the Eagles would have cut Dorenbos this summer because Rick Lovato beat him out fair and square (long snapper metrics such as the speed of the snap, etc.). That’s what I heard shortly after Dorenbos was traded last week.
When asked about Dorenbos’ condition on Friday morning, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said he wasn’t aware of the long snapper’s situation.
Thoughts and prayers go out to Dorenbos during this time. This is certainly not news anyone wanted to hear.
UPDATE: From the Philadelphia Daily News ...
I'm told @JonDorenbos heart murmur issue goes back at least five years; was something Eagles were monitoring.— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) September 8, 2017
UPDATE #2: The team released an official statement.
September 8, 2017