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Cleveland Browns

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May 5, 2021 12:16 PM
Browns' Malik McDowell: Signing with Browns
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McDowell signed a contract with the Browns on Monday, Jake Trotter of ESPN.com reports.

McDowell was selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft but has yet to play a snap in the NFL after suffering a concussion due to an ATV accident prior to his rookie season. He gained attention from some teams during the 2020 season but never received any official offers. However, after being medically cleared by several doctors in March, the Browns feel confident enough in his health to give the 24-year-old defensive tackle another opportunity in the league.

March 19, 2021 09:08 PM
Malik McDowell: Receives medical clearance
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McDowell has been medically cleared by several doctors and is pursuing an NFL career, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

McDowell was selected by Seattle in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft, but he suffered a concussion during an ATV accident later that year and never made his NFL debut. The 24-year-old has visited with the Cowboys and Dolphins since the start of last season, but he has yet to secure a contract. McDowell was an All-Big Ten selection during his time at Michigan State, most notably notching 4.5 sacks and 13 tackles for loss in 2015.

November 14, 2019 12:24 AM
Malik McDowell: Receives jail sentence
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McDowell (concussion) was sentenced to 11 months in jail Wednesday, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.

McDowell was suspended for the first two games of the season following a pair of arrests early in 2019, and the sentencing also stems from those incidents. The 23-year-old was selected in the second round of the 2017 draft by the Seahawks, but he never played a snap before being released by the team in March.

July 13, 2019 05:48 PM
Malik McDowell: Suspended two games
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McDowell (concussion) has been suspended for the first two games of the 2019 NFL season, Liz Matthews of USA Today reports. The suspension is believed to be related to McDowell's arrests for unrelated incidents in the past year.

McDowell was released by the Seahawks in May after failing to play a single snap with the team that originally drafted him, ultimately missing the entire 2018 campaign after suffering a serious head injury stemming from an ATV accident. McDowell's agent Drew Rosenhaus "is confident" he'll play again in 2019, but facing a two-game suspension it's unclear which team will opt to bring the defensive lineman along.

June 27, 2019 04:24 PM
Malik McDowell: Facing legal issues
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McDowell (concussion) is facing charges for DUI, resisting arrest and receiving and possession of stolen property, Mike Martindale of The Detroit News reports.

The charges stem from two separate incidents in February and May, and McDowell will stand trial for both cases Thursday. The 23-year-old was let go by the Seahawks in March and never played a down for the team after he sustained a severe brain injury in an ATV accident shortly after being selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. McDowell recently indicated that he intends to resume his playing career, but he now has both legal and medical problems complicating that endeavor.

March 25, 2019 10:04 PM
Malik McDowell: Hopeful to play in 2019
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Agent Drew Rosenhaus said Monday that he "is confident" that McDowell (concussion) will play in 2019, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.

McDowell was selected by the Seahawks in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft, but a serious ATV accident put his career in jeopardy that offseason. After being injured, McDowell was placed on the NFI list and never practiced with Seattle again before ultimately becoming a free agent earlier this month. The team felt that McDowell would not be able to get healthy enough to continue playing football, according to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times, though he reportedly was cleared by independent doctors. The 22-year-old intends to resume his playing career if a team assesses him to be healthy. He already visited with the Cowboys in mid-March.

March 2, 2019 04:56 PM
Malik McDowell: Officially released by Seahawks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McDowell (concussion) was released by the Seahawks on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

This isn't the first time McDowell was released, ending up on the Seahawks' NFI list in 2018 after a serious ATV accident put his career in jeopardy. McDowell would like to play again in the future, but it's unclear if he'll be cleared by another team's doctor.

February 28, 2019 03:40 PM
Seahawks' Malik McDowell: Remains on NFI list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McDowell (concussion) remains on the Seahawks' Non-Football Injury list, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

McDowell was waived by Seattle prior to the 2018 season but reverted to the team's NFI list after going unclaimed. The 22-year-old still seems unlikely to ever put on an NFL uniform after suffering a head injury in an ATV accident shortly after being selected in the second round of the 2017 draft.

September 3, 2018 04:56 PM
Malik McDowell: Entering 2018 as free agent
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McDowell (concussion), who was waived July 26 with a non-football injury, is an unrestricted free agent in advance of the 2018 season.

There was confusion earlier this summer regarding how the Seahawks handled this situation. Instead of being placed on the Non-Football Injury list, McDowell was waived with a non-football injury, and the defensive end became an unrestricted free agent upon clearing waivers. Having made no sign of progress in his recovery since, McDowell's future in the NFL remains clouded.

July 29, 2018 01:16 AM
Seahawks' Malik McDowell: Moved to NFI list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Clarifying an earlier report by Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times, McDowell (concussion) has been placed on the Non-Football Injury list rather than the injured reserve list, per NFL Communications.

McDowell was waived with a non-football injury designation Thursday, landing on the NFI list after he went unclaimed. Given the severity of his concussion following an ATV accident last offseason, there's a significant chance that the second-year player will never see the field in the NFL.

July 27, 2018 07:40 PM
Seahawks' Malik McDowell: Reverts to IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McDowell (concussion) was placed on IR after clearing waivers Friday, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

McDowell suffered a severe brain injury last offseason and is facing steep odds to ever play again. He'll spend the rest of the season on Seattle's IR unless he and the team reach an injury settlement.

July 27, 2018 09:04 PM
Malik McDowell: Waived with injury designation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McDowell (concussion) was waived with a non-football injury designation Thursday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

McDowell suffered a severe brain injury in an ATV accident last summer and has been considered a long shot to ever play again. This appears to be the beginning of the end for the 2017 second-round pick, which is a disappointment for a Seahawks team that could use depth on its defensive front.

April 27, 2018 01:16 PM
Seahawks' Malik McDowell: Unlikely to play again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McDowell (concussion) is unlikely to resume his playing career, Yahoo's Charles Robinson reports. "It was clear from the moment of injury that it was an extremely long shot he'd ever play again," Robinson noted.

McDowell is reportedly dealing with extensive brain/eye trauma as a result of an ATV accident he was involved in last summer. The Seahawks have been careful to keep his situation under wraps, though it's truly been an extremely disappointing situation for both sides after Seattle drafted him in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. There have been rumors the team will terminate his contract in the near future.

April 16, 2018 06:24 PM
Seahawks' Malik McDowell: Expected to be released
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McDowell (concussion) is expected to be released in the near future, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports.

McDowell still hasn't received medical clearance from the concussion he suffered in an off-the-field incident last summer. While it appears the Seahawks have given up on their 2017 second-round pick, it's possible another team could take a chance on the former Michigan State standout.

February 14, 2018 07:20 PM
Seahawks' Malik McDowell: Future remains in doubt
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McDowell's (concussion) long-term future remains in doubt, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

McDowell, a 2017 second-rounder, spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve after suffering "a really bad concussion" during a mid-July ATV accident. While there haven't been any reports of a setback in his recovery, the Michigan State product remains without a timetable for return.

December 11, 2017 09:32 PM
Seahawks' Malik McDowell: Arrested Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McDowell (head) allegedly was arrested for disorderly conduct early Sunday morning in Atlanta, Ga., Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.

A 2017 second-round pick of the Seahawks, McDowell's rookie campaign ended abruptly when he sustained facial and head injuries in a July ATV accident. On the NFI list as of Week 1, he was officially ruled out for the year by head coach Pete Carroll on Nov. 27. McDowell now has a legal concern hanging over his head, which must be litigated before any sort of punishment is levied by the team or NFL.

November 28, 2017 05:08 PM
Seahawks' Malik McDowell: Won't play in 2017
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McDowell (head) will not see the field for the Seahawks this season, The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

McDowell was placed on the Non-Football Injury list prior to the season due to an ATV accident over the summer that resulted in a concussion and other injuries. Head coach Pete Carroll indicated the rookie second-round pick is not remotely close to making a return, and his availability for next year also remains a question mark.

September 3, 2017 01:48 PM
Seahawks' Malik McDowell: Lands on NFI list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McDowell (head) was placed on the Non-Football Injury list Saturday.

His placement on the list ahead of the season opener means that he'll be ineligible to return to action until after Week 6. Even still, there's no guarantee McDowell will be ready by then and the Seahawks have yet to define any kind of role yet for the Michigan State product.

August 7, 2017 10:32 PM
Seahawks' Malik McDowell: Out indefinitely
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Head coach Pete Carroll informed reporters Monday that McDowell (head) will be sidelined "quite a while, Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network reports.

McDowell was involved in an ATV accident a few weeks prior to training camp that resulted in a head injury. He originally projected to back up Ahtyba Rubin at defensive tackle, but it now remains to be seen if he will be ready for the start of the season. There is currently no official timetable for recovery.

August 3, 2017 06:28 PM
Seahawks' Malik McDowell: Reports to camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McDowell (head) reported to training camp and was placed on the Non-Football Injury list Thursday.

McDowell suffered a head injury in an ATV accident a few weeks ago that prevented him from joining the Seahawks when camp began. It's a positive sign that he's joined the team, but he may still be facing a long-term absence. He'll remain without a concrete return timetable until more specifics on his injury are fleshed out.

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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-6/299
Birthdate:
06/20/1996
Age:
24
Hometown:
Detroit, MI
School:
Michigan State
NFL Experience:
1
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