Tom Pelissero of USA Today, reports that Vikings DE Spencer Nealy has been suspended for the first four games of the 2014 season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substance of Abuse.
Here’s the statement the NFL Players Association released on Nealy’s behalf:
“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 the latter part of the 2013 season on the Vikings practice squad, but ultimately the team signed him to a reserve/future contract. The Vikings have brought in some young defensive ends in recent months, so this could eventually have an impact on his future with the team.