The Seattle Seahawks opened training camp without Malik McDowell, the defensive tackle who was their top National Football League draft pick in April, because of injuries they say he suffered in a vehicular accident.
When I asked coach Pete Carroll on Sunday following the first practice of training camp if there was a possibility McDowell would not play for Seattle in 2017, Carroll replied: "We'll see".
The Seahawks did not release any further information regarding McDowell's injury, however, Mike Garafolo and James Palmer of the NFL Network said the rookie was involved in an ATV-related accident and suffered a concussion and facial injuries.
The team confirmed McDowell had been involved in an accident and had remained under the care of doctors in MI.
Multiple outlets, including NFL Network and The Seattle Times, reported the injuries were suffered in an ATV accident.
However, he cleared the air shortly after the announcement.
In addition to McDowell, the Seahawks also drafted defensive tackle Nazair Jones out of North Carolina in the third round, and signed three-year veteran Dion Jordan to help bolster their defensive line. Our medical people have been in constant communication with his physicians, and they have been monitoring the situation.
"At this point it is important for Malik to stay home and rest", the statement read. "We look forward to Malik's return to Seattle and will update you with any changes". "We'll see. I don't know that".
"It's challenging. He had extraordinarily high hopes to be here and be with us and he's not able to", Carroll said. "We placed him on reserve/did not report today". We'll see what's going on.