Saints Long Snapper Jon Dorenbos Needs Open Heart Surgery
Longtime NFL deep snapper and former UTEP football player Jon Dorenbos had a routine follow-up physical yesterday when New Orleans Saints team doctor John Amoss discovered a heart defect. Specifically, he found that Dorenbos has an aortic aneurysm and head coach Sean Payton said that he will undergo open heart surgery to correct the issue. The Saints will place the 37-year old on the non-football illness (NFI) list, ending his season. New Orleans traded a seventh round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft to acquire Dorenbos from the Philadelphia Eagles. There is no word if the transaction could be rescinded because of his newly discovered condition.
Dorenbos has played 15 seasons in the NFL and his aortic aneurysm is something he has always had but was not aware of. "In other words, this is a pre-existing condition and this is something that genetically he had at birth," Saints head coach Sean Payton said this morning. Although Dorenbos' NFL career might be over, his life might have just been saved by the findings of Dr. Amoss.