Jason Pinkston could have died. He has a blood clot in his lungs that could have ended his life if not caught. Fortunately, the Cleveland Browns' Offensive Lineman began experiencing shortness of breath about two weeks ago, but the cause was not known. It was not until he was hospitalized that doctors discovered the clot - otherwise known as a pulmonary embolism.
Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Pinkston's season is likely over. However, he is just fortunate to be alive.
"The news is true I've been hospitalized with blood clots in my lungs," Pinkston tweeted. "[I'm] very thankful our medical staff did a great job of taking action and catching it at an early stage. It's obviously clear I won't be playing for some time, but more importantly I'm thankful to be alive."
Pinkston was drafted by the Browns in the fifth round of the 2011 draft. The 24-year old has played in one full season with the Browns. The Browns are trying to figure things out after nine losing seasons in the last ten years. They will have to do it without Pinkston this year. Doctors do not want him to engage in any risky activities - including football.
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