RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks rookie defensive end Malik McDowell reported to training camp Thursday and was placed on the non-football injury list, but his status for the 2017 season remains a mystery.
McDowell was injured in what the team called a "vehicular" accident in Michigan a couple of weeks ago and was not with the team for the start of camp
"He's doing all kinds of appointments and stuff to make sure that we know exactly what's going on," coach Pete Carroll said. "They did a lot of stuff yesterday. I really don't have much to report for you, but it's going to take a while to figure it out.
"It's very disappointing, and there's nothing we can do about it right now but just take the time to assess and figure out what this all means."
Carroll said he did not know whether McDowell would be able to play this season. He offered no details on McDowell's specific injuries, but when asked if the injuries were long term, Carroll said, "Yes."
Carroll would not confirm that McDowell was injured in an ATV accident, as was reported by the NFL Network.
Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett said he's hoping to see McDowell on Thursday afternoon.
"I'm just hoping that he's OK," Bennett said. "At the end of the day, it's not about football at this point. It's really about his longevity in life. To make sure that his brain is good, make sure everything is good after the accident happens to you, make sure that he's OK, that he's doing good. No concussions, no injuries, anything that could be long term affecting his life after football is what I'm really concerned about. That's the thing I worry about."