Malik McDowell not expected to play this season for Seahawks


Malik McDowell, the top pick of the Seattle Seahawks 2017 draft class, is not expected to play this season.

Head coach Pete Carroll said Monday that McDowell is not progressing enough from injuries sustained in an ATV accident in July to be able to take the field this season with Seattle.

“I don’t think that’s happening,” Carroll said. “It doesn’t seem like it. There’s not any progress being made in that direction.”

McDowell sustained a serious concussion, facial injuries and more in the accident prior to the start of training camp in July. Seattle selected McDowell with the 35th overall selection in the draft, the first of 11 selections the team made in May.

The defensive tackle out of Michigan State has spent the entire season on the non-football injury list following the accident. He was cleared to begin working out again in October but has not been able to make the progress necessary to be a possible option this season. It’s still uncertain whether the injuries will keep McDowell from ever suiting up for Seattle.

“I don’t know,” Carroll said when asked of McDowell’s long-term outlook. “I don’t have any updates for you.”

If McDowell remains on the non-football injury list all season, he won’t accrue a season of service time. If he’s able to play through his four-year contract, he would become a restricted free agent instead of an unrestricted free agent at the end of the deal due to the lost season, pending possible arbitration.

10 responses to “Malik McDowell not expected to play this season for Seahawks

  1. I will never understand why pro athletes jeopardize their lives and careers doing reckless activities. They have the opportunity to take care of their families and friends for generations to come by playing a game that they love and would probably pay for free.

  2. George Fant, Chris Carson, Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Cliff Avril, Malik McDowell to season ending injuries, plus the likes of Earl Thomas, Shaq Griffin, and I’m sure I’m forgetting more who’ve missed time has been a lot of injuries I’m not sure Seattle can overcome this year.

    And Seattle isn’t the only team; lots of IR pro bowl players this year league wide.

  3. Still no clue why we took him instead of Forrest Lamp or Dalvin Cook. SMH. John Schneider had 2 great drafts and has done nothing since

  4. The Sea Gulls have a lot of luck, bad luck that is, with injuries this season. In contrast, former players (e.g. Russell Okung, Bruce Irvin and Max Unger) who used to get injured a lot in Seattle don’t have the same problem when they play for other teams.

  5. Cut him. Let him go sit on his ATV and think about what it would be like to earn an NFL paycheck. There’s plenty of kids willing do eat and sleep football to make a team. This kid has bad attitude written all over him and obviously feels entitled. Enough with him.

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