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NFL suspends former Seahawks DL Malik McDowell two games

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Malik McDowell never played a down for the Seattle Seahawks and indeed has yet to play a single NFL snap. As the 23-year-old former Michigan State defensive lineman seeks a fresh start with a new team, he’s been disciplined by league offices.

The NFL has handed down a two-game suspension to McDowell, although a reason was not stated. It is most likely that it’s for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. In February, McDowell was arrested after a traffic stop turned into a physical altercation with a police officer. He’s also reportedly facing charges of truck theft from a separate incident two months later.

Per The Detroit News, “McDowell told police he did not know the truck was stolen and had purchased it for $3,000 from a man on Linwood in Detroit. He didn’t know the man’s name, according to police.”

By now you know the story of McDowell’s short stint in Seattle. Drafted 35th overall in 2017, McDowell reportedly suffered serious head and brain injuries after an ATV accident prior to training camp. The Seahawks officially released him in March of this year. His lone free agent visit since being cut was with the Dallas Cowboys, and obviously that didn’t lead to a contract.