April 24, 2014

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Browns left guard Jason Pinkston in hospital with blood clot

BEREA – Browns left guard Jason Pinkston has a blood clot and is in the hospital, coach Pat Shurmur announced after practice.

Pinkston, 25, will miss the game Sunday against the Colts, and Shurmur said it will be determined next week if he’ll miss an extended period of time. He could miss the rest of the season.

Giants defensive lineman and former Brown Shaun Rogers is out for the season with a blood clot in his leg. Shurmur wouldn’t say where Pinkston’s clot is.

Pinkston, in his second year, started the first 22 games of his career and had taken every snap until not feeling well Sunday against the Bengals. He left during the first series, returned for a bit, then missed the rest of the game.

He was limited in practice Wednesday, then was out Thursday and today.

Five-year veteran John Greco replaced Pinkston against the Bengals and will start in his place Sunday in Indianapolis. Greco has started four games in his career, none in his two years with the Browns.

He was born in Youngstown and went to Boardman High School (the alma mater of ex-Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar) and the University of Toledo.

Pinkston was a fifth-round pick out of Pittsburgh and was thrust into the starting lineup last year by a season-ending back injury to left guard Eric Steinbach during training camp. Pinkston improved throughout the season, and the Browns penciled him in as the long-term starter.