The NFL announced Friday that Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Spencer Nealy will be suspended for the first four games of the 2014-15 regular season for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.
Nealy released a statement through the NFLPA, taking responsibility for his actions.
"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 joined the Detroit Lions last season as an undrafted free agent out of Texas A&M before being waived later in the summer. After getting cut by Lions, he signed with the Minnesota. Nealy did not play in any games for the Vikings during his rookie season, and spent six of the last seven weeks on the Vikings' practice squad.
Nealy will be eligible to return to the Vikings' active roster on Monday, Sep. 29. He can participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games before his suspension begins.
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