For the first two days of Cleveland Browns training camp, OG Jason Pinkston was absent from the practice field. He wasn't listed on the injury report either, which led to reporters inquiring about his status to head coach Mike Pettine following Sunday's practice. That is when things started to get mysterious.
"Pinkston’s unavailable to practice and due to his 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."
Browns GM Ray Farmer declined to comment when asked about Pinkston. Then, Pinkston took to Twitter to at least explain that he wasn't in trouble with the law, nor was he contemplating retirement:
I can assure you I'm in no legal trouble & retiring hasn't came up. As far as my situation I'll leave it to them to explain— Jason Pinkston (@JasonPinkstonOL) July 27, 2014
Looking back, this past Friday, Pinkston had tweeted, "I ask why me at times then I realize something's in life you can't control." Was that related to his current situation? When I first heard about Pinkston being mysteriously absent, I had wondered if he wanted out of Cleveland due to him likely facing a backup spot in camp. It doesn't seem like his character to quit on a challenge, though -- which makes you fear that something health-wise has happened, similar to the blood clot that cost him a season a few years back.