New Orleans Saints long snapper John Dorenbos is having heart surgery to correct an aortic aneurysm, head coach Sean Payton told reporters on Friday.
"It's a pretty serious condition that will require surgery," Payton said, via the team's official site.
According to The Advocate, Peyton added that it was a life-saving discovery for their recently-acquired special teams leader.
"Dr. Amoss is the one that discovered it, and basically saved his life with the findings," Payton said. "He's had further tests and evaluations, and we met twice yesterday. Certainly, news like this is a big alert for him."
Payton said the Saints would be trying out long snappers Friday and that the trade itself would be cancelled, though the focus is obviously on Dorenbos' long-term health.