Seahawks' Malik McDowell concussed in accident, return doubtful

Coach Pete Carroll said the loss of McDowell is "challenging." (Photo: KOMO News)

RENTON -- The Seahawks will continue to play the waiting game with top pick Malik McDowell, who's currently on the Non-Football Injury list after a vehicular accident in July.

The rookie defensive tackle, taken with the 35th overall pick in the draft, suffered multiple injuries in the accident, according to his head coach. Pete Carroll said Monday after the team's first training camp scrimmage that "certainly there's a concussion involved" in McDowell's injuries.

"We're going to just see how it progresses down the road," Carroll said. "Not looking for him getting back in the immediate (future), not even for the first game of the season. We're going to wait it out and see how it goes."

McDowell did not report to camp until day three and spent days being evaluated by Seattle's staff -- presumably for the first time since the incident -- then returned home to Michigan.

Carroll said he doesn't think the injury is potentially career-threatening.

"Plenty of time to get well," Carroll said. "We have to make sure to take care of him."

Regarding the circumstances of the accident -- McDowell was reportedly on an ATV -- Carroll said he's spoken with McDowell and gained more clarity but the family has requested a level of privacy concerning the specifics and the team is complying with that request.

Considered a first-round talent with a questionable motor, McDowell, 6-foot-6, 299 pounds, was expected to add depth to an already talented defensive front. Right now Carroll said McDowell is unable to perform any physical workouts.

"He's walking, is what he's doing," Carroll said. "He feels fine. It's very frustrating for him because he feels fine, but he's just got to make it through recovery."

Asked if there's a chance McDowell plays this year, Carroll said, "I don't know that." is a KOMO News partner. You can read this story at here.

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