PHILADELPHIA ( - The New Orleans Saints have discovered that former Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos has an aortic aneurysm.

Saints doctor John Amoss discovered the pre-existing condition in a physical, Saints coach Sean Payton told the local New Orleans media on Friday.

"It's a pretty serious condition that will require surgery," he said.

The Eagles recently traded the popular veteran to the Saints after deciding to move forward with Rick Lovato at long snapper.

Dorenbos was placed on the non-football injury list by the Saints, who are auditioning replacements at a tryout on Friday.

Dorenbos was set to enter his 15th season and was a two-time Pro-Bowl selection in Philadelphia where he spent over a decade.

Payton said the Saints will be working to rescind the trade, in which they gave up a 2019 seventh-round draft pick because it's a pre-existing condition.

Dorenbos was the longest tenured member of the Eagles and became a staple in the community despite the usual anonymity of the position he played. In many ways, he also transcended the NFL when he became a star on “America’s Got Talent” for his work as a magician.

Dorenbos spent his first three years of his career with Buffalo and Tennessee before finding a long-term home in Philadelphia signing with the Eagles late in 2006 season.

Dorenbos was originally brought in much like Lovato after an in-season injury to then-LS Mike Bartrum. He parlayed a seven-game tryout (which included two postseason games) into a decade-long run that included a franchise-record 162 consecutive regular-season games – a mark he shares with legendary receiver Harold Carmichael.

-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for You can reach him at or on Twitter @JFMcMullen


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