No reason for the Seahawks to release Malik McDowell yet

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Malik McDowell
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 05: Defensive lineman Malik McDowell of Michigan State participates in a drill during day five of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 5, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

In the dark cloud hovering over Malik McDowell and the Seahawks, there is a silver lining. It may be just a sliver, but at this point anything is positive.

Sadly there isn’t any good news regarding Malik McDowell’s health right now. On the bright side, there isn’t any bad news, either. It was rumored just days ago the Seahawks were about to release McDowell. No doubt, some momentum for this story was fueled by this information from Yahoo Sports Charles Robinson, who tweeted:

The phrase “extensive brain/eye trauma” doesn’t really translate to “Hey, things are looking good for the kid!” I have no idea who or what Mr. Robinson’s source is, but I’ll assume his information is correct. Details haven’t been released, and we’ll get to exactly why later.

I want to be clear I don’t think Robinson was just trying to create a story. I assume he has a legitimate source and is simply doing his job. If others run with it and assume the Seahawks will move on without Malik McDowell, that’s their decision.

If we accept that McDowell’s injuries are this severe, then it certainly makes sense for the Seahawks to cut their ties with him and move on, right? Ah, not so fast. This is when we defer to the experts, like Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. It’s a good thing brilliant people like Bob Condotta and John Clayton are on the job. Otherwise we’d just have to write about how sad the Yeezy 500s are. You know what, it is a funny story. Go read it once you’ve finished here.