Report: Seahawks top rookie Malik McDowell injured in ATV accident

Defensive lineman Malik McDowell is not at the Seattle Seahawks' training camp after the rookie was involved in a "vehicular accident" during the team's break.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Sunday the accident occurred two weeks ago and that McDowell was recovering at home in Michigan. He added that he could not say whether McDowell, who was placed on the reserve/did not report list, would play this season.

"Unfortunately, Malik McDowell was involved in a vehicular accident in which he suffered an injury during the NFL break period," the team said in a statement. "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."

Neither Carroll nor the team provided any additional updates on the nature of the accident or McDowell's condition.

An NFL Network report said McDowell suffered a concussion and facial injuries in an ATV accident. McDowell tweeted on Sunday about the accident, writing that he expects to be back with the team "in the next few days."

A second-round selection (No. 35 overall) in April's NFL draft, McDowell was the Seahawks' top pick in April. The former Michigan State standout made an early impression on Seattle's coaching staff in his initial work with the team.

“Instantly, almost, you can see how comfortable he is with his movements, his body control,” Carroll said in May, according to the Tacoma News-Tribune. “He’s got an awareness already how to use his hands that you are surprised to see that much with that kind of background. ...

“He’s off to a great start. He looks great. Taller than a lot of guys that we’ve had at his position. And we’re excited to see how we are going to move forward with that.”

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