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Bobby Massie Suspended 3 Games for Substance Abuse: Latest Details, Reaction

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistAugust 11, 2015

Arizona Cardinals tackle Bobby Massie (70) during the second half of a preseason NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 12-7. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Rick Scuteri/Associated Press

The NFL has suspended Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman Bobby Massie for three games for violating the substance abuse policy, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. Massie is set to appeal.  

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com offered further details Tuesday:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

Bobby Massie was arrested for being intoxicated behind the wheel (he was sleeping) the week of the Super Bowl in AZ. Wants it cut to 2 games

"I don't know of any news that has came out other than a report," coach Bruce Arians said about the news, per Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com. "Haven't been notified from the league so I can't comment on it."

The right tackle was getting reps with the first team throughout camp and was atop the depth chart Monday heading into the team's first preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs, per ABC15 Sports on Twitter:

ABC15 Sports @abc15sports

A look at the Cardinals' updated depth chart heading into Saturday's preseason opener vs. the Chiefs on @abc15: http://t.co/yyROqmqsTM

With Massie out to start the regular season, rookie D.J. Humphries will be competing with Earl Watford and Bradley Sowell for the starting gig, per Kent Somers of AZCentral.com. 

Massie's suspension could ultimately cost him the starting gig, especially if his replacement—likely to be Humphries—plays well in his absence. With Massie hitting free agency after this season, he could also find himself losing a lot of money on the market if he isn't able to regain his spot at right tackle.

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