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NFL notebook: Blood clots likely to end Pinkston's career

| Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, 6:57 p.m.
Cleveland Browns guard Jason Pinkston (center) is helped off the field after an ankle injury in the first quarter of a preseason game against the Detroit Lions on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, in Cleveland.

After three years in the NFL, Jason Pinkston's career is likely over. The Browns offensive lineman told he will probably retire because of health reasons. Pinkston has been dealing with blood clots in his lungs for the past 11 days.

The offensive lineman reached a settlement with Cleveland and the team released him shortly after that on Monday.

“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 a part of the organization and city.”

The 26-year-old Baldwin and Pitt product was hospitalized in October 2012 after feeling sick. Pinkston felt ill for several days and thought he had pneumonia, but doctors later discovered he was sick from the blood clots. Pinkston missed the final 10 games of the 2012 season, but returned in 2013 to start two games.

Back injury to end Giants RB Wilson's career

Giants running back David Wilson's NFL career is over because of a back injury.

The 23-year-old Wilson was told by doctors Monday he risked more serious problems if he kept playing. He underwent fusion surgery to repair vertebrae and a herniated disk in his neck in January. At practice last Tuesday, he caught a pass and ran with his head down into the back of an offensive lineman, causing numbness in his hands and lower extremities.

He missed the last 11 games last season after being diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal cord.

The 2012 first-round pick played two seasons with the Giants.

Lions claim WR Baldwin

The Lions claimed former No. 26 overall draft pick Jon Baldwin off waivers from the 49ers, a day after San Francisco released the former Pitt and Aliquippa star, reported. The 49ers are Baldwin's third team since being drafted by the Chiefs in the first round of the 2011 draft.

Romo skipping opener

Tony Romo wrapped up his most strenuous day so far at training camp by saying his surgically repaired back would get a rest: He will not play in the preseason opener at San Diego.

The Dallas quarterback also planned to sit out a day of practice this week, the latest indication that the Cowboys are closely managing the 34-year-old Romo's recovery.

Packers retiring No. 4

Brett Favre will be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame and have his number retired next July 18. Favre's No. 4 will be unveiled on the Lambeau Field north end zone facade at halftime of a yet-to-be-determined game during the 2015 season.

Around the league

Broncos starting running back Montee Ball had an appendectomy Monday and isn't expected back until the AFC champs' regular-season opener against Indianapolis on Sept. 7. ... Jets coach Rex Ryan said West Virginia product Geno Smith will start over Michael Vick at quarterback in the Jets' preseason opener Thursday against the Colts. ... The Redskins released Jerry Rice Jr., who tore the labrum in his left shoulder at training camp. ... Falcons rookie defensive end Ra'Shede Hageman does not have a fractured wrist stemming from his fight with center Joe Hawley during Sunday's practice. ... Browns receiver Josh Gordon returned to practice Monday morning before his over-the-phone appeal hearing.

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