ATV ac­ci­dent side­lines Sea­hawks’ top pick

The Star Democrat - - SPORTS -

(WPNS) — The Seat­tle Sea­hawks opened train­ing camp with­out Ma­lik McDow­ell, the de­fen­sive tackle who was their top NFL draft pick in April, be­cause of in­juries they say he suf­fered in a ve­hic­u­lar ac­ci­dent.

Asked whether McDow­ell, the No. 35 over­all pick in the sec­ond round, could miss the sea­son, Coach Pete Car­roll told re­porters, “We’ll see. I don’t know that.”

McDow­ell suf­fered a con­cus­sion and fa­cial in­juries in an ATV ac­ci­dent, the NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo and the Seat­tle Times re­ported, and the team in­di­cated that he was stay­ing at home in Michi­gan “un­der the care of physi­cians there.”

McDow­ell tweeted in re­sponse to their state­ment that he is “do­ing well” and ex­pects “to re­join my team­mates in Seat­tle in the next few days. My in­jury is not life or ca­reer threat­en­ing, as some have spec­u­lated. ... You will see me back on the field in the near fu­ture.”

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