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Saints Long Snapper Jon Dorenbos Needs Immediate Open-Heart Surgery

09 September, 2017, 12:19 | Author: Carla Brady
  • Jon Dorenbos was traded to the Saints after 11 seaons as the Eagles' popular long snapper

It wouldn't be surprising to see the Eagles come under fire for not finding Dorenbos' condition, or likewise if the team had any knowledge of his condition before consummating a trade with the Saints, anyway.

As a result of Dorenbos needing immediate surgery, the Saints placed him on the Non-Football Injury list. Although aortic aneurysms aren't sporadic, like brain aneurysms are, they're still extremely hard to detect, and symptoms are so common that they could be confused for any number of things. It's unknown how large Dorenbos' aneurysm was.

The position of long snapper can often be a relatively anonymous one, but Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie acknowledged Dorenbos's unusual popularity, saying last month, "Jon is one of the most inspiring people I have ever known".

As divisional rivals, the Panthers and Saints have had plenty of heated moments over the years: Roman Harper's late hit on Steve Smith in October 2011; Cam Newton being mentioned as one of New Orleans' targets in Bountygate; even Luke Keuchly's concussion last season, which ended up costing him six games, came from trying to tackle a Saints running back.

Dorenbos had already made a mark in the Saints locker room. A talented magician, Dorenbos rose to national stardom with his 2016 run on America's Got Talent.

Jon Dorenbos is also a magician who wowed fans on 'America's Got Talent' last season
Jon Dorenbos is also a magician who wowed fans on'America's Got Talent last season

The trade, as it turned out, might have saved his life. He was also the Eagles longest tenured player.

"This is the first I've heard of it", Pederson said.

He was such a popular player that when he was traded, Eagles owner Jeff Lurie issued a statement.

It's certain possible that the routine post-trade physicals helped lead the Saints doctors to the discovery.




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