Vikings cut Nealy, sign Higgins

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings made a minor roster move the day before players are scheduled to report to training camp, cutting defensive end Spencer Nealy less than two weeks after the NFL suspended him four games for violating its performance-enhancing substance policy. The team signed tight end Mike Higgins to take Nealy's roster spot.

The 26-year-old Higgins spent last season on the New Orleans Saints' practice squad after he played a total of four games for the team in 2011 and 2012. Higgins caught two passes for a total of 1 yard in those two seasons, after signing with the Saints as an undrafted free agent out of Nebraska-Omaha.

He'll join the team in Mankato, Minnesota, this week for the start of training camp.