The Cleveland Browns may have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, but they’ll need a healthy Jason Pinkston if they ever hope to live up to their full potential. That won’t be happening anytime soon, as the team placed Pinkston on the injured reserve list today, but did give him the designation to return.
The Browns lost Pinkston to a sprained right ankle on the second offensive series in their 24-6 win over the Detroit Lions during the preseason.
This is just the latest setback for the promising guard out of Pittsburgh. After starting at left guard for the first six games of the 2012 season, Pinkston was having difficulty breathing and was taken to the hospital. It was there that tests revealed he had a blood clot that could have killed him.
The move clears a spot for Billy Cundiff on the active roster. Pinkson suffered a high-ankle sprain in the Browns’ second preseason game and won’t be eligible to return until Week 9.
For now, the up-and-coming Oniel Cousins will start at right guard in his absence.