The NFL has not yet announced anything, but it already has been reported the Arizona Cardinals will be without right tackle Bobby Massie for the first three games of the season, as he will be suspended for a DUI arrest before the Super Bowl.
At Monday's practice, it appears the team has begun to prepare to be without Massie. As tweeted by many reporters at practice at University of Phoenix Stadium on Monday, it was Bradley Sowell playing right tackle with the first team, not Massie. Massie worked with the third team behind Sowell and first round pick D.J. Humphries, who mas the position on the second team.
This, at least for now, answers the question of who would play in place of Massie. Sowell had been playing left tackle on the second team.
Sowell has starting experience. He started at left tackle for 12 games in 2013 after the Cardinals traded Levi Brown to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
As a starter in 2013, Sowell gave up seven sacks, 12 QB hits and 40 pressures, according to Pro Football Focus. Massie, who started all 16 games last season at right tackle, allowed seven sacks, eight hits and 27 pressures.
The Cardinals still have just under four weeks before the regular season begins. It is possible for the first rounder Humphries to pass him up. However, Sowell does have the trust factor with Bruce Arians and his staff.
Do you like the move putting Sowell as the starter, or would you rather see Humphries out there to start the year?