The 21-year-old has recently signed a contract extension Warriors and, despite his relative youth, he was able to put this minor setback into perspective.
"Obviously it was disappointing to miss last week's game - but there's boys with much longer-term injuries than me so I have to keep that in mind," McDowall reflected in today's Evening Times.
"I obviously really wanted to play the first game of the season but being out for only one game isn't too bad in the grand scheme of things."
McDowall admits signing the contract extension, which will keep him at the club until at least the summer of 2022, was an easy decision, but it was a well-deserved reward for a breakthrough year that saw him named Land Rover Young Player of the Year.
Centre is an area of strength for Warriors but the competition for places is a challenge McDowall relishes.
"It's a great squad to be a part of - everyone is so willing to share their knowledge so it's great to be a younger player in this kind of environment. I learn so much," he said.
"There's a healthy competitiveness. It's a good environment and it's really good for the team."
Last weekend's 48-14 loss to Cheetahs was a disappointing start to the new campaign but McDowall is confident that Warriors can turn things around on Friday and get back on track for another successful season.
"I don't think we're looking at anything other than that after reaching the final last year and the semis the year before," he said.
"I feel like we're in a good place to do that, despite the result last week. We're still a good squad and we're feeling good about the season."