Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Dorenbos to undergo open heart surgery

Dorenbos to undergo open heart surgery

New Orleans Saints long snapper Jon Dorenbos needs open heart surgery to fix an aortic aneurysm.

Saints recently acquired long snapper Jon Dorenbos has a "serious" heart condition that will require surgery. Dorenbos will undergo immediate open-heart surgery, coach Sean Payton said, in an attempt to save his life. "He's just a good friend and obviously a guy who is going to be missed".

Despite his nearly anonymous position on the field - name another long snapper in the NFL - Dorenbos was one of the most loved Eagles for the last decade.

According to Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News, the Eagles were aware of Dorenbos' condition and had been monitoring it. Symptoms may have increased in the past weeks or month, leading to this surgery development. "We're praying for Jon".

"I'll have to check with our medical staff", he said.

Dorenbos is the second Saints player this year to be placed on the non-football injury list for a heart condition. Our thoughts are with him and his wife.

During the 2011 season the Eagles traded running back Ronnie Brown to the Lions for running back Jerome Harrison and a 2013 seventh-round pick.

Dorenbos spent his first two seasons with the Bills and then 2005 and part of 2006 with the Titans before joining the Eagles late in the 2006 season.

During a physical exam after the deal, Eagles physicians discovered Harrison had a brain tumor. Harrison, who was 29, didn't play again.

Until he was traded last week, Dorenbos was the longest-tenured player on the Eagles roster.

Dorenbos may wind up back with the Eagles, albeit still on the NFI list, if the trade to the Saints is voided, as some expect.

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