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Malik McDowell injured in vehicular accident, Pete Carroll unsure if he’ll play this season

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NFL: Seattle Seahawks-Minicamp Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Seahawks training camp is now underway, but there was one major absence at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center (VMAC).

Defensive lineman Malik McDowell, Seattle’s top choice in the 2017 NFL Draft, is currently at his home in Michigan after he was injured in a vehicular accident. The Seahawks sent out this official statement on Sunday.

Pete Carroll told reporters that the accident happened “a couple of weeks ago,” which falls right in line with one of McDowell’s most recent tweets, which was dated July 17th.

When asked whether there’s a possibility McDowell doesn’t play this year, Carroll’s response was brief.

“We’ll see. I don’t know that [yet].”

Details at the moment are scarce, but a tweet from NFL reporter Mike Garofalo says that the “vehicular accident” occurred on an ATV, and that McDowell suffered head injuries.

Russell Wilson also added that the team is all praying for him and that he doesn’t know too much about the situation.

McDowell has been placed on the reserve/did not report list. All we can hope for is that his recovery goes as smoothly as possible.