The Vikings have parted ways with suspended defensive end Spencer Nealy, waiving him on Wednesday, the club said.
The 24-year-old Nealy was banned four games earlier this month for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Should Nealy sign elsewhere, he could take part in training camp and the preseason before serving his suspension, which can end no earlier than September 29.
According to a statement released through the NFLPA, Nealy’s suspension stemmed from a banned stimulant in a supplement.
To fill Nealy’s roster spot, the Vikings signed tight end Michael Higgins, a Nebraska-Omaha product who was on the Saints’ practice squad a season ago and played four regular season games for New Orleans from 2011 through 2012.