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Jason Pinkston expected to retire from NFL, waived by Cleveland Browns

David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

Former Pitt offensive lineman Jason Pinkston had a bright future in the NFL. Now, the Cleveland Browns player is expected to retire from the NFL due to health issues.

Pinkston has been suffering from blood clots and was waived by the team last week. He is expected to retire, ending a promising career. He's had blood clots in the past, but this time around the issue was worse.

He issued a brief statement via text:

"More than likely I'll have to retire," Pinkston texted 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."

Bummer. Last I wrote about Pinkston, he was none too thrilled with the team's trade of running back Trent Richardson. But overall, he was having a solid career, starting a total of 24 games for the team, after being a fifth-round draft pick in 2011. Pinkston was one of many Pitt alumni on NFL rosters last season.

Hopefully he can still remain a part of the game in some capacity if his playing career is indeed over and if it's something he wants to do.

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