Browns guard Pinkston still in hospital

Associated Press Modified: October 22, 2012 at 6:16 pm •  Published: October 22, 2012
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BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland Browns starting guard Jason Pinkston won't play again this season.

Still hospitalized with blood clots in his lungs, Pinkston was placed on injured reserve Monday, ending his second year in the NFL after six games. The 25-year-old was rushed to the Cleveland Clinic on Thursday with the life-threatening condition. He had been feeling poorly for most of last week and became ill during the previous Sunday's home game against Cincinnati.

Pinkston expected to be released, but he's still receiving treatment.

"My blood is just not quite therapeutic yet for me to leave and just continue on medications," Pinkston wrote on his Twitter account.

Pinkston also posted a photograph of a view from the hospital's roof, and said Browns president Mike Holmgren "stopped by and brought me a ton of stuff that was pretty awesome."

Pinkston started all 16 games as a rookie last season. The fifth-round pick from Pittsburgh had started Cleveland's first six games before missing Sunday's loss at Indianapolis. John Greco filled in for Pinkston and likely will start the remainder of this season.

Greco spoke to Pinkston and is confident his teammate will return when he's healthy.

"I don't even think that's a conversation where he's talking about being done," Greco said. "I know he wants to be out there as soon as he can. Like I said all along, Jason's just trying to figure out what's going on with him right now, and we're behind him. So anyway we can help, I will."

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