Former Michigan State Spartans star and current Seattle Seahawk, Malik McDowell, was injured in an ATV accident during the NFL break period.
According to the NFL Network, McDowell suffered a concussion and facial injuries. Apparently, the accident happened a couple of weeks ago during the offseason.
The good news is that McDowell seems to be in good spirits, and the injuries are not life or career-threatening. He expects to join his teammates in Seattle within the next few days, as he is currently still residing in Michigan under the care of his physicians here.
However, his availability for his rookie campaign — in which he was expected to play a role as a rotational defensive linemen -- is now unclear.
Head coach Pete Carroll is unsure if McDowell will be able to play in 2017. Nothing has been ruled out yet, though, but details are still scarce at this point.
McDowell is currently on Seattle’s reserve/did not report list, which doesn’t count against their 90-man roster.
McDowell was drafted in the second round, 35th overall, by the Seahawks back in April. He was actually Seattle’s first pick in the draft, after the team made two trades in the first round and ended up completely trading out of the round.
We’ll keep a close eye on McDowell’s situation here at The Only Colors, and of course we’ll be hoping for a speedy recovery and to see him on the field soon.
In more positive news, the Spartans open 2017 camp today, with this first practice taking place this morning.
We wish you all the best in your recovery, Malik!
Update, 8/1: McDowell will report to camp Tuesday to be with his teammates and coaching staff. How much time he will miss on the field is still uncertain.