In an expected move, the Seahawks on Thursday announced that rookie defensive lineman Malik McDowell, who suffered head and face injuries in an ATV accident two weeks ago, had reported to camp and has been placed on the Non-Football Injury list.
But that does not necessarily mean that McDowell is any closer to taking the field or playing this season as coach Pete Carroll remained vague about the status of the team’s first pick in the 2017 draft in comments to the media.
Carroll said he couldn’t say whether McDowell would be ready for the season nor would he comment on if there was a chance McDowell will play at all this season.
“I don’t know that,” Carroll said. “I really don’t. And I’m not taking any sides; I don’t know. I don’t know what the deal is yet.”
As rumored, when McDowell reported to camp, he would be placed on NFI. Now by doing so, the Seahawks must use a roster spot for him while under this designation but does not have to pay him.
There are two types of NFI; Active and Reserve.
- Players can return to practice at anytime. The injury can come from college football or from activity outside of the field or practice.
- This is for players who will not return and it's similar to a "redshirt" where they NFL clock doesn't start so teams can retain them for an extra year at no cost.
Since McDowell is counting against the roster spot, he hasn't been put in NFI/Reserve... yet.