Report: Seahawks DT McDowell suffered 'extensive brain/eye trauma'

Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Malik McDowell suffered "extensive brain/eye trauma" in last summer's ATV accident, according to a report from Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson on Tuesday.

Robinson added, "It was clear from the moment of injury that it was an extremely long shot he'd ever play again."

The report comes a day after NFL Network reported Seattle is expected to release McDowell -- the team's first pick in 2017, taken in the second round (35th overall) -- in the near future, without him ever playing an NFL snap. McDowell has not yet been medically cleared by the Seahawks.

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The 21-year-old suffered what head coach Pete Carroll later called "a really bad concussion" and facial injuries in mid-July last year near his home in Michigan. The team has since offered few specifics regarding McDowell's health, but it did confirm that he did not fracture his skull.

McDowell tweeted on July 30 "my injury is not life or career threatening," and said he would be "back on the field in the near future," but he spent the season on the non-football injury list, making him ineligible to practice or play. Carroll told reporters in late November that McDowell was "not making any progress" and ruled him out for a return during 2017.

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EAST LANSING, MI - SEPTEMBER 19: Malik McDowell #4 of the Michigan State Spartans during the game against the Air Force Falcons at Spartan Stadium on September 19, 2015 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
KALAMAZOO, MI - SEPTEMBER 4: Malik McDowell #4, Riley Bullough #30 and Demetrius Cooper #98 of the Michigan State Spartans looks to the sidelines during the game against the Western Michigan Broncos at Waldo Stadium on September 4, 2015 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
KALAMAZOO, MI - SEPTEMBER 4: Malik McDowell #4 of the Michigan State Spartans during warmups prior to the game against the Western Michigan Broncos at Waldo Stadium on September 4, 2015 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
EAST LANSING, MI - OCTOBER 3: Malik McDowell #4 of the Michigan State Spartans makes a tackle for loss against Markell Jones #8 of the Purdue Boilermakers in the fourth quarter at Spartan Stadium on October 3, 2015 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 17: Malik McDowell #4 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates after defeating the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 04: Michigan State defensive end Malik McDowell answers questions from members of the media during the NFL Scouting Combine on March 4, 2017 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 05: Defensive lineman Malik McDowell of Michigan State in action during day five of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 5, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 26: 2017 NFL Draft invitee Michigan State defensive tackle Malik McDowell plays football with patients at Shriners Hospital for Children on April 26, 2017 at the NFL Play 60 All-Ability at Shriners Hospital for Children event. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 26: 2017 NFL Draft invitee Michigan State defensive tackle Malik McDowell plays football with patients at Shriners Hospital for Children on April 26, 2017 at the NFL Play 60 All-Ability at Shriners Hospital for Children event. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 27: Malik McDowell of Michigan State poses for a picture on the red carpet prior to the start of the 2017 NFL Draft on April 27, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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In December, McDowell was arrested in Atlanta on suspicion of disorderly conduct.

In March, Carroll said there was "nothing new" on McDowell's status.

"Same kind of thing," Carroll said, per the Seattle Times. "He's got a process he is going through, we get information rarely in his case, but there will be a time when you will hear more."

Once considered a possible top-10 pick, McDowell slid in the 2017 draft due to character concerns.

--Field Level Media

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