Arizona Cardinals starting tackle Bobby Massie has been suspended three games for violating the league's substance abuse policy, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The violation is connected to an arrest and subsequent charges for driving under the influence.
Massie is appealing the suspension.
Massie was arrested on Jan. 31 at the team's practice facility in Tempe, Arizona, and booked on two DUI charges, according to an initial police report. According to the Tempe Police Department, Massie was charged with DUI and DUI with a blood alcohol content exceeding .08. He was transported from the Cardinals' facility to the Tempe City Jail for processing at that time.
Massie was drafted in the fourth round of the 2012 draft and started all 16 games as a rookie at right tackle. In 2013, he was replaced in the starting lineup by veteran Eric Winston, whom the Cardinals signed on the eve of training camp that year. Massie rejoined the starting lineup last season, starting all 16 games and playing in all but one offensive snap, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
He was the 42nd-ranked tackle last season, according to Pro Football Focus, while giving up seven sacks in the regular season.
Massie's contract expires after this season, and it is widely anticipated that he will be a sought-after free agent.
Asked about the suspension before Tuesday's practice, defensive end Calais Campbell said, "It's one of those things you hate to hear, you hope that the appeal process goes in our favor, but it's one of those things you have to deal with."
The Cardinals drafted tackle D.J. Humphries in the first round of this year's NFL draft. Humphries played left tackle at Florida but, with Jared Veldheer firmly entrenched on the left side, the Cardinals moved the rookie to right tackle.
Coach Bruce Arians has been critical of Humphries' lack of progress but said he had been playing better lately before being sidelined last week with a sore knee.
Information from ESPN.com's Josh Weinfuss and The Associated Press was used in this report.