Cleveland Browns starting left guard Jason Pinkston is expected to be placed on the injured reserve soon, according to Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer. Once the move is official (Cabot says it could happen as soon as Monday), Pinkston will effectively be out for the remainder of the season.
On Thursday, Pinkston was rushed to the emergency room after doctors discovered a potentially life-threatening blood clot in his lung. After being admitted to the Cleveland Clinic, the 25-year-old was aggressively treated for the blood clot while doctors have worked toward finding the cause of the issue.
Given the uncertainty surrounding the injury at this point, it's unclear what's in store for Pinkston's football career going forward. Cabot says he could potentially return to the field next season, but there's also a possibility that doctors will recommend Pinkston retire from the NFL.
In his place, the Browns will be using John Greco at left guard going forward.