The Cleveland Browns have one of the NFL's better offensive lines, but they're not without a weak point. The right guard has been a position of weakness for several years now, and a big reason why has been the blood clots plaguing Jason Pinkston. When healthy, he's been the starting RG, but his health has prevented him from staying on the field consistently.
Pinkston has been dealing with blood clots in his lungs and reached a settlement with the Browns where he'll be released, according to ESPN.
#Browns agreed to an injury settlement with OL Jason Pinkston per @schwartzfeinsod. His career is likely over after blood clots, source said— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 4, 2014
Pinkston also released this statement to ESPN:
"More than likely I'll have to retire," Pinkston said in a text message to ESPN.. "The Browns were great working with me and I would love to thank GM 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."
This is never how you want to see a player's career end, but at least it's something Pinkston was able to catch before it potentially cost him more than it has to this point. Hopefully, he'll be able to manage the clots and live a healthy life.