Vikings DE Spencer Nealy was suspended by the league for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. See the details here.
Updated: July 11th, 2014 3:35pm
By: Daniel House
Spencer Nealy of the Minnesota Vikings has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2014 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.
Nealy will be eligible to return to the Vikings’ active roster on Monday, September 29 following the team’s September 28 game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Nealy is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games per an NFL spokesperson.
In a released statement to the media, Nealy acknowledged that he took a supplement that contained a banned stimulant.
"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 signed as an undrafted free agent with the Lions in 2013, was waived Aug 1, and signed with the Vikings on Aug 20. He was later released on August 31st and resigned to the practice squad on Nov 12th. Finally, he was waived December 10th and signed a futures contract with the Vikings this off-season.
Now we will see if the Vikings decide to promote a zero tolerance policy and release Nealy before training camp. They could allow him to practice and then evaluate his status with the team in September, but this seems highly unlikely with a player like Spencer Nealy.
Stay tuned for the latest surrounding this situation.