Malik McDowell reports to Seahawks camp after vehicular accident
RENTON, Wash -- Seahawks top draft pick Malik McDowell reported to training camp Thursday and has been added to the 90-man roster on the non-football injury list.
The rookie defensive tackle missed the first three practices, spending the first two days home in Michigan recovering from injuries suffered during a vehicular accident -- multiple reports suggest it was an ATV crash -- in mid-July.
To make room for McDowell on the 90-man roster, Seattle released long snapper Nolan Freese on Wednesday.
McDowell arrived in Seattle on Tuesday and was evaluated by the team shortly afterward, which was almost certainly the staff's first opportunity to assess him in person since the accident. Prior to Tuesday, Seattle was in contact with McDowell's physicians in Michigan.
McDowell reporting to training camp doesn't serve as indication that he's due to hit the practice field anytime soon. Because McDowell did report, Seattle needed to follow league protocol and add him to the roster in some capacity.
In the announcement of McDowell's presence at camp, the team didn't reveal the extent of his injuries, so it remains unclear how severe the damage is and for now there's no timeline for his return.
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