The Seahawks on Thursday announced that rookie Malik McDowell had reported to training camp and has been placed on the Non-Football Injury list. But there is still no clarity on when he may be ready to play football.
In an expected move, the Seahawks on Thursday announced that rookie defensive lineman Malik McDowell, who suffered head and face injuries in an ATV accident two weeks ago, had reported to camp and has been placed on the Non-Football Injury list.
But that does not necessarily mean that McDowell is any closer to taking the field or playing this season as coach Pete Carroll remained vague about the status of the team’s first pick in the 2017 draft in comments to the media following Thursday’s practice other than to say that the injury is long term.
Carroll said he couldn’t say whether McDowell would be ready for the season nor would he comment on if there was a chance McDowell will play at all this season.
“I don’t know that,” Carroll said. “I really don’t. And I’m not taking any sides; I don’t know. I don’t know what the deal is yet.”
McDowell, the team’s first pick in the 2017 draft at No. 35 overall in the second round, was absent for the beginning of training camp due to the injuries.
McDowell flew to Seattle on Monday and began to meet with team officials on Tuesday and once he was back had to be accounted for on the roster. Being on the NFI lists means McDowell can return to the field at any time. A player on the NFI to start training camp is also then eligible for the regular season version of the NFI, which means a player is eligible to return after six weeks. But being on the NFI list now means the team can put him on that list to begin the regular season and would not have to be accounted for on the 53-man regular season roster.
“He’s doing all kinds of appointments and stuff to make sure that we know exactly what’s going on,” Carroll said. “They did a lot of stuff yesterday. I really don’t have much to report for you. It’s going to take a while to figure it out.”
Asked the specific nature of McDowell’s injuries, Carroll remained vague.
“We’re just not saying anything right now,” Carroll said. “Check with the docs. I’ve got nothing to report. I don’t know what I’m talking about.”
However, when asked if “it’s a long-term thing” Carroll said “yes.”
At the least, the fact that the team is now able to see McDowell should begin to clarify his situation — no one from the team had seen him until he came back to Seattle.
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“It’s direct information, specific information,” Carroll said. “He’s getting updated from our people as well, and the family. It’s very disappointing, and there’s nothing we can do about it right now but just take the time to assess and figure out what this all means.”
Veteran defensive lineman Michael Bennett said he is “just hoping that (McDowell)” will be okay.
“I think at the end of the day, it’s really not about football at this point,” Bennett said. “It’s really about his longevity in life and to make sure his brain is good, make sure everything is good after an accident happens to you. You want to make sure he’s OK. You want to make sure he’s doing good, no concussions, no injuries. Anything that can be long-term affecting his life after football is what I’m really concerned about. That’s the thing I worry about.”