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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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