Pinkston’s blood clot in his lung, he remains in hospital

AP

We mentioned earlier that Browns left guard Jason Pinkston was hospitalized with a blood clot, and would miss at least this week’s game with the Colts.

With more details emerging, whether he plays again this year becomes less and less important.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Pinkston has been admitted to the Cleveland Clinic with a blood clot in his lung.

“As we go through next week, we’ll determine if he’s going to miss an extended period of time,” Browns coach Pat Shurmur said.

Pinkston was taken to the emergency room Thursday where the clot was discovered, and he was immediately admitted to the hospital, where he’s getting aggressive treatment with blood thinners.

He was seen getting sick on the sidelines last Sunday, but he thought he had pneumonia. He then tried to practice Wednesday, but couldn’t make it through.

“At this point, we’re more concerned with Jason’s well-being than anything else,” his agent Neil Schwartz said. “We’re taking it one step at a time.”

Teammates have visited him, and tried to keep his spirits up.

“He’s definitely been struggling with something for a couiple of weeks, so there obviously a concern just to find out what was going on,” left tackle Joe Thomas said. “Hopefully they’ve got it under control and are able to help him start feeling better here shortly. He’s definitely in our thoughts and we’ll definitely keep him in our thoughts as long as he’s out.”

He’ll remain in the hospital while doctors try to determine what caused the clot in the first place.

22 responses to “Pinkston’s blood clot in his lung, he remains in hospital

  1. Considering there hasn’t been a staph infection since 2008 that seems to have been taken care of. And there was only 3 or 4 cases of staph. Braylon, Brantley, Winslow and Jurevicius.

  2. Can’t believe the guy has been battling this for so long.

    No doubt about Pinkston’s toughness and desire…he thought is was just “pneumonia”…

    Hopefully everyone learns from Pinkston’s situation…if you think you might have pneumonia…go get a chest x-ray.

    Hang in there JP…Browns fans everywhere are pulling for you.

    mac

  3. realnflmaster says:

    I’m shocked it wasn’t staph infection. Seems like every year in Cleveland someone gets it from that locker room.

    It wasn’t funny when you posted it earlier and it’s definitely not funny now. The man’s life is possibly at stake and it’s a serious situation, Show some class.

  4. A blood clot in your lung is serious, It could kill you. Using blood thinners is the first step, If that doesn’t rid of the clot, then surgery would be the next step. Hopefully the doctors caught this early enough to help him out. Get well soon Pinkston!

  5. A blood clot in the lung is a serious condition. That is what Derrick Thomas of the Chiefs died from after his auto accident. He was in the hospital also at the time. These are very tricky things to treat.

  6. You can live with one lung. If the clot goes to your brain , you’re done. Hope the thinners do the job well. Lung surgery is major operation, he would be out the entire season.
    Staph infections can kill as well, Mark McGwire ended up in the hospital from one back in his playing days. Stay out of dirty gyms and dirty pools in third world resorts. Even in U.S. “super germs ” are a major problem in most hospitals. Howard Hughes got moles on his fingers from a STD, his doctor told him not to shake hands for 6 weeks. He became paranoia from excessive painkillers after his third plane crash and was washing his hands 50 times a day.

  7. He is done till next year. I had one in 2006, and it feels like someone is sticking a sharp pencil into your lower back just under the rib cage. When you sleep on the side where the clot is, there is pain. It takes a long while for the lung to dissolve the clot and get the feeling of normalcy again.
    Rest, and then after a couple months start swimming to build strength in that lung. It’s a scary thing that can happen to anyone and I wish him all the best in a speedy recovery. Hopefully it’s from an injury and not a genetic condition like I had. The genetic condition would end his career.

    Stay strong and thank your lucky stars you survived it. God speed on a full recovery.

  8. Tangent…

    badintent says: Oct 19, 2012 8:09 PM

    You can live with one lung. If the clot goes to your brain , you’re done. Hope the thinners do the job well. Lung surgery is major operation, he would be out the entire season.
    Staph infections can kill as well, Mark McGwire ended up in the hospital from one back in his playing days. Stay out of dirty gyms and dirty pools in third world resorts. Even in U.S. “super germs ” are a major problem in most hospitals. Howard Hughes got moles on his fingers from a STD, his doctor told him not to shake hands for 6 weeks. He became paranoia from excessive painkillers after his third plane crash and was washing his hands 50 times a day.

  9. He is probably being given Lovanox (Heparin) two shots two times a day in his stomach. He is also probably taking coumadin all to get his INR to a level above 2 once that happens he will get to go home. However he will probably be on Coumadin or equivalent for about 6 months so I doubt very serious he plays again this season being the high probability of being cut on the field while on Coumadin. I know this because I had blood clots in my lungs last November. It is the worst hurt I have ever felt in my life. It is very serious and could have killed him.

  10. so easy to say, just go get an x ray, what about the millions of people who have no health insurance. not like anybody can just up and rush to the hospital for an x ray, unless you are an illegal mexican, which their medical bills are automatically paid for by US citizens, and US citizens cant get any free health care like that

  11. This same thing just took my mother from me this last week. My thoughts are with this guy. I hope he is young enough to be able to pull through. Blood clots in the lungs are often fatal even with the blood thinning clot buster medications, which unfortunately often times cause internal bleeding. If he survives this he’s one lucky SOB.

  12. Second player this year sidelined by DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) complications. Shaun Rodgers (Giants) is already on IR. Are NFL players screened for Factor V Leiden? It would be prudent of the NFL to do so…

    Factor V Leiden is a genetic disorder (inherited) that affects blood clotting and dramatically increases the occurrence of DVT.

    People predisposed (genetically or otherwise) to DVT often require therapeutic prescribed blood thinners (Coumadin/Warfarin, Lovenox, etc) which likely exclude them from most physical activities, especially those that may cause head trauma.

  13. This is known as a pulmonary embolism and it is life threatening. Surgical mortality risk is near 50%. He’s a very lucky man that he’s not already on an autopsy table….football shouldn’t be on anyone’s mind, but for what it’s worthy, he will absolutely not play again this year. He’ll need to be on blood thinners for a long time…

  14. I had two blood clots in my left lung a couple of years ago. It feels like nothing. If I had to describe it, I would say it feels like someone had their finger on my chest. When I got to the hospital and they said I could die, I couldn’t believe it. I pray that Pinkston recovers fully and survives. After that, I hope he plays football again.

    This is nothing to joke about. I’d imagine they have him on twice daily shots of Lovonox and are waiting for his INR to get in the neighborhood of 2.0 before they make him take Cumadin every freaking day and get his blood drawn 1-4 times a week. This is definitely no freaking joke.

    Get well soon.

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