Minnesota Vikings defensive end Spencer Nealy will serve a four-game suspension to begin the 2014 regular season after violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, the league said Friday.
The NFL Players Association released a statement on behalf of Nealy:
“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, 24, spent part of the 2013 season on the Vikings’ practice squad. The club signed him to a reserve/future deal in December.
Nealy can take part in the Vikings’ training camp and preseason activities before serving his suspension. He can first return to an NFL roster on Monday, September 29.
The 6-foot-3, 295-pound Nealy played college football at Texas A&M. He had a stint with Detroit last year before joining Minnesota in August.