Browns offensive lineman Jason Pinkston is "unavailable to practice," according to coach Mike Pettine.


BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Jason Pinkston was not at training camp Sunday, and his return to the team, for training camp or at all, was called into question following coach Mike Pettine's post-practice press conference.

"Pinkston's unavailable to practice, and due to the circumstances, I cannot comment on it any further," Pettine said. "I want to give you more, but just given the circumstances, I can't. That's where we are with Jason.

"(It's) a possibility (he could return)."

Browns general manager Ray Farmer added, "I think Coach addressed it the best way we could. Right now, there's really no comment from our perspective. When there is time to make a comment, then, that comment will be made."

While not specifying what was holding him out of practice, Pinkston took to Twitter to speak on the topic, saying:

"I can assure you I'm in no legal trouble & retiring hasn't come up. As far as my situation, I'll leave it to them to explain."

Earlier this week, Pinkston tweeted an Instagram photo of an underlined verse from the Gospel according to John, which said: "Jesus replied, 'You do not realize now what I am doing, but later, you will understand."

As part of the tweet, Pinkston said, "I ask why me at times. Then I realize some things in life you can't control."

Originally drafted to add depth to the offensive line and then, compete for a starting job in the future, Pinkston started all 16 games at left guard during his rookie season. But then, health issues not only spoiled the better part of the next two seasons, but at times, endangered his life.

After the sixth game of the 2012 regular season, the Browns' medical team discovered Pinkston had blood clots in his lungs. He was hospitalized because of the clots, and had to spend months on a blood thinner medication, which prevented him from resuming football activities.

Then, after working his way back into playing shape once he came off the medication, Pinkston suffered a high-ankle sprain in a preseason game against the Detroit Lions last August, and that injury kept him out of the lineup until mid-November.

At the start of the week, Pinkston cryptically tweeted, "Praying for these blessings." Then, he followed it up with, "It's been a long two months. (Stuff) got a lil crazy."

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