Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Jason Pinkston, a 2006 Baldwin High School graduate and former Pittsburgh Panther, tweeted on Wednesday morning that he is leaving a Cleveland hospital where he was hospitalized for almost a week with blood clots in his lungs.
Said Pinkston via Twitter on Wednesday, "Finally got my walking papers I'm outta here today!!!!!"
According to an ESPN article by The Associated Press on Monday, "The 25-year-old was rushed to the Cleveland Clinic on Thursday with the life-threatening condition. He had been feeling poorly for most of last week and became ill during the previous Sunday's home game against Cincinnati."
The Browns selected Pinkston in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft after an outstanding career at Pitt and Baldwin High. He then started 22 straight games for Cleveland before being hospitalized and missing the Browns' game at Indianapolis on Sunday.
The Browns have since placed Pinkston on injured reserve, ending his 2012 season.
Pinkston remains strongly tied to the Baldwin-Whitehall area. He is a former junior fireman for the South Baldwin Volunteer Fire Company, and his family still lives in Baldwin Borough.
While at his hospital on Tuesday, Pinkston tweeted, "I can see a huge house fire from the rooftop yikes." and "I miss my days of being a Vol Firefighter at sbvfc 104."
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