The Seahawks waived McDowell having an injury designation earlier this past year.
Rosenhaus, talking about the owners encounters, said of McDowell:”We’re convinced he will be back and playing this year”
“His doctors believe he’s ready to go,” Rosenhaus said. “So we’ve got experts which assert he will be cleared. So hopefully he’ll have the ability to carry on his career, possibly with (Dallas). In any case, he has been cleared independently. However, the Seahawksthey strove their very best to work together with him and unfortunately they did not believe that he will continue to play with “
Seahawks general director John Schneider failed to comment on McDowell at the scouting combine. This was consistent with the group refusal to publicly discuss any particulars of McDowell’s situation, which is partly because of privacy legislation as McDowell has been injured in a non-football exercise.
Coach Pete Carroll continues to be mommy on McDowell’s situation but also at one point described the injury as a”really bad concussion.”
“Regrettably, Malik got injured and [it] had been an brain injury, a head injury,” Rosenhaus said. “Along with the Seahawksthey did a superb job of exhaustively checking to see whether they could get him cleared into playwith. Eventually their doctors weren’t comfortable clearing him. He has been cleared by doctors that are independent “
Wondering when the Seahawks believed keeping McDowell before he could be rid, Rosenhaus said:”I actually don’t think these were confident with the medical side of it. I believe he’s going to need to play for somebody else. … he’s physicians that have cleared him so we’re in the practice of fulfilling with teams. He travelled to visit the Cowboys a week. We’re trying to do this “
It isn’t clear if the Seahawks will attempt to recover some or the conclusion of their signing bonus that they gave McDowell after drafting him 35th overall out of Michigan State.