The Arizona Cardinals will see some movement in practice on the offensive line this week. With right tackle Bobby Massie's status still unknown for the start of the season, the team is giving a couple of players the chance to compete for playing time while he is out.
Bradley Sowell worked on the first team all last week and started at right tackle. This week, Earl Watford is getting time at right tackle to compete for the starting spot in Massie's absence.
"I want Earl to get a bunch of snaps this week at right tackle and battle for the job," Arians said. "He's earned the right to battle for a starting job." Watford practiced for the last week or so on a bad ankle, so Arians had not opened up that job. Watford had an ankle injection and sat out practice Monday. With a day off Tuesday, the coaching staff will get to see him and whether he can overtake Sowell.
First round pick D.J. Humphries, who has been working at right tackle all offseason, is moving over to left tackle on the second team to work. "He hasn't had any work (at LT) since he's been here," said Arians, who wanted him to get some time there, "in case he ends up being a swing tackle for us."
Arians said it shouldn't take long for Humphries to get acclimated to the left side again, as it is his natural position.
As for what the situation is with Massie and where he stands in terms of the job at right tackle, Arians made it clear on the radio on Monday Massie is the starter once he is back from whatever discipline the league gives him. The team has not yet heard exactly what that will be. It is reportedly three games, but Massie has appealed it.