Former Philadelphia Eagle Jon Dorenbos to undergo open heart surgery to repair aneurysm

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Former Eagle requires surgery: Rick Williams reports during Action News at 12:30 p.m. on September 8, 2017. (WPVI)

Former Philadelphia Eagle Jon Dorenbos will require open heart surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm that was discovered in a follow-up physical after his trade from the Eagles to the New Orleans Saints, according to Saints coach Sean Payton.

According to ESPN, Payton credited Saints physician Dr. John Amoss, who first discovered the red flag and "basically saved his life with his findings."

Dorenbos, 37, will require surgery "pretty quickly" and will be placed on the non-football injury list.

The Saints will bring in long snappers for a Friday audition before their Monday night opener at the Minnesota Vikings.

And the trade (for a 2019 seventh-round pick) will likely be rescinded. But Payton stressed that there was "a blessing" to the unfortunate news.

He said this was an issue that Dorenbos had "genetically at birth" but couldn't say why it may not have been discovered on previous physicals.

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