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Jason Pinkston “more than likely” retiring due to blood clots in lungs


Browns guard Jason Pinkston had his 2012 season cut short after developing a blood clot in his lung and it looks like the same problem will force him to call an end to his playing career.

Neither the Browns nor Pinkston had discussed the medical condition that caused him to miss all of camp this summer, but Pinkston broke his silence on Monday. After spending 11 days fighting more blood clots in his lungs, Pinkston spoke to Adam Schefter of ESPN and told him he won’t play in 2014 and is unlikely to play in the NFL again.

“More than likely I’ll have to retire,” Pinkston wrote in a text message. “The Browns were great working with me and I would love to thank G.M. Ray Farmer and Owner Jimmy Haslam for my opportunity here in Cleveland. It’s been an honor to be apart of the organization and city.”

Pinkston was a 2011 fifth-round pick and started all 16 games as a rookie before the blood clots and other injuries limited him to nine games over the last two seasons. Schefter reports the Browns and Pinkston reached a settlement and that the team will be releasing him.


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10 Responses to “Jason Pinkston “more than likely” retiring due to blood clots in lungs”
  1. tvjules says: Aug 4, 2014 4:20 PM

    That’s terrible… and he’s so young.
    God bless him.

  2. clownsfan says: Aug 4, 2014 4:24 PM

    That’s a shame. Good player. Great guy.

  3. numberoneinthehoodg says: Aug 4, 2014 4:24 PM

    Pulmonary embolisms are not a laughing matter. People die from this condition more than you would think.

  4. theuncletodd says: Aug 4, 2014 4:40 PM

    had a bad funny feeling about him not practicing in camp. Stay well Jason.

  5. chalkruz1989 says: Aug 4, 2014 4:46 PM

    Kudos to you Jason Pinkston for two reasons. You understood that you had to stop living your dreams because of the negative effects from the clot and because you were able to make your dreams a reality.

  6. gayforbrady says: Aug 4, 2014 4:55 PM

    Sugar Ray Leonard risked going blind to fight again……

  7. IsThird says: Aug 4, 2014 5:03 PM

    Blood clots are nothing to fool around with. I had a mini stroke from a blood clot and I ended up with permanent numbness in my foot. This man is incredibly lucky to have lived his dream and was able to walk away without something serious happening.

  8. bassplucker says: Aug 4, 2014 5:03 PM

    That sucks. When a 5th-round pick cracks the starting lineup his rookie season and plays well, those are the kind of guys you want to see have 10- and 12-year careers. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like that’s in the cards for him.

    Best of luck and I hope he finds happiness and yes, health, wherever his road leads next.

  9. a10045 says: Aug 4, 2014 5:42 PM

    God less you and stay healthy, you’ll be successful in life and that is no doubt

  10. bclautz says: Aug 4, 2014 5:45 PM

    Shame, Great guy. I wish he didn’t have to retire.

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