Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Malik McDowell, a rookie from Michigan State, was involved in an ATV accident and is not at the team’s training camp.
McDowell, a native of Detroit who attended Southfield High School, was drafted by the Seahawks in the second round, No. 35 overall.
McDowell wrote on Twitter on Sunday that he hoped to rejoin his Seahawks teammates this week.
"I appreciate all the concern regarding my health," he wrote. "I just want to clear the air. I am doing well and expect to rejoin my teammates in Seattle in the next few days. My injury is not life or career threatening as some have speculated. I am grateful for the support I have received from the Seahawks organization, my doctors and my family. You will see me back on the field in the near future."
The Seahawks were not specific about the date or nature of McDowell’s injuries but released the following statement Sunday:
"Unfortunately, Malik McDowell was involved in a vehicular accident in which he suffered an injury during the NFL break period. As a precautionary measure, Malik has remained back in Michigan under the care of physicians there. Our medical people have been in constant communication with his physicians and have been monitoring the situation. At this point it is important for Malik to stay at home and rest. We consider this a long-term relationship and will do whatever is in the best interest of Malik. We look forward to Malik's return to Seattle and will update you with any changes."
McDowell was placed on the reserved/did not report list.
When asked if McDowell may not play this season, Seattle coach Pete Carroll said, “We’ll see. I don’t know that.”
McDowell was a freshman All-American in 2014 and earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2015. His NFL stock dipped in 2016 during MSU’s 3-9 season. He finished with 34 tackles, including seven for loss in nine games. McDowell did not play the final three games because of an ankle injury.