The Minnesota Vikings cut ties with defensive end Spencer Nealy Wednesday and signed former Division II tight end Mike Higgins. The Vikings had signed Nealy to a deal in August, and to a reserve/futures deal this past December.
The NFL announced earlier this month Nealy would be suspended for the first four games of the 2014 season because he tested positive for a banned stimulant. In a statement put out in conjunction with the NFL Players Association, Nealy said he was aware he tested positive for the stimulant and was remorseful.
The Nealy statement went on:
Recently I learned from the NFL that I tested positive for a stimulant that is banned under the NFL policy. I worked with my agent and the union to investigate the test results, and I learned that a supplement I took contained a banned stimulant. I understand that the NFL policy is very strict, and I take responsibility. I’m very sorry for the impact of this situation on my teammates, the Vikings organization and Vikings fans. I will work extremely hard during training camp, and during the suspension, I will stay in top shape and will be ready to contribute upon my return.
Nealy finished his collegiate career at Texas A&M with 126 career tackles, but has not seen playing time in the NFL. Nealy did not play in a game for either the Vikings.
This will be Higgins fourth season in the NFL. He played his first three seasons with the New Orleans Saints.
- Will Green