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.