Many Eagles players and fans were upset when Jon Dorenbos, a popular long snapper who spent 11 seasons in Philadelphia, was dealt last month to the Saints for a 2019 seventh-round pick. However, that trade may have saved his life.

As New Orleans Head Coach Sean Payton explained Friday, a “follow-up physical” by the team’s medical staff revealed Dorenbos needs to undergo open-heart surgery. Payton described the 37-year-old player’s aortic aneurysm as a “pretty serious condition” that will have to be addressed “pretty quickly.”

Payton gave credit to Saints physician John Amoss, whose analysis of Dorenbos’s exams “basically saved his life.” Dorenbos will be placed on the non-football injury (NFI) list, keeping him out of games and practices.