A stirring week for the Browns has turned sobering.
Starting left guard Jason Pinkston remains hospitalized with blood clots in his lungs, a life- threatening condition he’s grateful was detected early. After the Browns exposed Pinkston’s condition after practice last Fri., he confirmed his illness while being treated at the Cleveland Clinic.
”The news is true I have been hospitalized with blood clots in my lungs very thankful our medical personnel did an excellent job of taking action,” Pinkston related. ”And catching it at an early stage it’s obviously clear I won’t be playing for sometime but as importantly I’m grateful to be alive.”
It’s believed the blood clot made a contribution to him becoming ill in last week’s win over Cincinnati Bengals. The Browns do not know when the 2nd-year guard will be released from the hospital or cleared to return.
Browns coach Pat Shurmur revealed Pinkston’s medical issue after the team’s last workout, concluding a week in which Jimmy Haslam was approved by the NFL as Cleveland’s new owner, former Eagles president Joe Banner was introduced as the team’s CEO.
Shurmur did not provide many specifics about Pinkston, a 2nd-year guard from Pittsburgh. Several of his colleagues visited Pinkston in the hospital.
”We’re certainly concerned and our thoughts are with him,” Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas recounted. ”Obviously, it’s a bit scary, but I think we’re really going to keep in touch with him and with luck things will be all right.”
Shurmur would not say where Pinkston’s blood clot is located. He does not know how long the 25-year-old will be sidelined or if he’s going to need to have surgery. Baseball lines
”We’ll just have to see,” Shurmur expounded. ”What I’ll tell you is, he’s being given treatment for a blood clot. He is going to miss this week. As we are going through next week, we’ll determine if he’s going to miss an extended period of time.”
Pinkston started last week’s win over Cincinnati but was not feeling well and got replaced by John Greco, who played the entire 2nd half. Pinkston practiced as recently as last Wednesday but missed Thursday’s workout and was listed on the team’s injury report as being out with an ”illness.” Shurmur didn’t know if Pinkston feeling unwell last Sunday was related to the blood clot.
Greco, a 5-year vet played in 15 games for Cleveland last season after the Browns acquired him in a trade from St. Louis Rams.
Greco was one of the players who visited Pinkston in the hospital.
”We saw him last night,” Greco related. ”We went to say hi to him, just to keep his spirits up a bit and tell him we were with him.”
Pinkston started all 16 games in 2011 as a rookie. He played tackle in college, but was switched to left guard last season after Eric Steinbach sustained a season-ending back injury. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Pinkston worked hard in the offseason on his conditioning and improve his techniques as a run blocker and pass protector.