When I had the pleasure of meeting Cleveland Browns Guard Jason Pinkston last year, I came away impressed. The quiet and reserved second year man from Pittsburgh University was well mannered and polite. To see such a terrible thing happen to such a cool young man is dispiriting. A blood clot to Pinkston’s lung has ended his season.
On Thursday, Pinkston was rushed to the Cleveland Clinic and treated right away. At this point, there is no reason or explanation of how the blood clot formed. Blood clots are entirely no joke. For the next several days, Pinkston will undergo a series of tests to try and figure out the answer to this devastating matter. He will be taking blood thinners for the next six months.
Drafted by the Browns in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, the 25 year old had emerged as the starting left guard next to Joe Thomas. At 6’4″ and 305 pounds, Pinkston was projected by some experts to go as high as the second round. Cleveland stole him in the fifth round.
Playing mostly the tackle position in college, Pinkston worked his way in for playing time at guard and has never looked back. In his rookie year, he started and finished all 16 games. The Browns had a serious need when Eric Steinbach went down with a career ending back injury and Pinkston fulfilled it with class. You can be sure he will be back after he fully recovers.
The reality is that it seemed like the offensive line was really starting to gel and Pinkston was a big part of it. He started 22 games in a row and provided some much needed stability at left guard.
In his place, the former Toledo Rockets lineman John Greco has taken over at left guard. The Browns also signed offensive lineman Jarrod Shaw from the practice squad for depth. The best we can do is wish No. 62 a speedy recovery and keep him in our prayers.
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer
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