Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports that free agent DL Malik McDowell is expected to travel to Seattle and could rejoin the team as early as Tuesday.
Condotta cautions that this doesn’t mean McDowell will take part in practice and it remains to be seen if or when he will play this season.
However, this is at least an encouraging sign for his status after the news surfaced a few days ago that he was involved in an ATV accident two weeks ago and sustained head injuries. Seattle’s doctors will get an opportunity to evaluate his injuries and see where he is with his recovery.
The Seahawks placed McDowell on the reserve/did not report list this past weekend. Condotta adds that the Seahawks will likely transfer McDowell to the non-football injury list once he returns.
McDowell, 20, was selected with the No. 35 overall pick by the Seahawks after they elected to trade down with the Jaguars. In total, the Seahawks gave up the No. 34 overall pick and acquired a second- and a sixth-round pick in this year’s draft for the right to select McDowell.
According to OverTheCap.com, McDowell will receive a four-year contract worth $6,955,406, which includes a signing bonus of $3,198,476.
During his three-year college career at Michigan State, McDowell recorded 88 total tackles, 24.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, one interception, two forced fumbles, and scored one defensive touchdown in 32 games with the Spartans.