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The Minnesota Vikings waived defensive end Spencer Nealy Wednesday. Nealy has previously been suspended for the first four games of the 2014 for testing positive for a banned substance.

By SI Wire
July 23, 2014

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.  

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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.

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