EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings waived quarterback Donovan McNabb on Thursday in a parting coach Leslie Frazier described as mutual.
Frazier and McNabb met in 1999, when the defensive backs coach and the first-round pick spent their first season with the Eagles.
"This was the best decision for both parties," Frazier said. "He was a great player and has been a great player for our league for a long, long time. I have a lot of affection and love for Donovan."
Minnesota traded a sixth-round pick to Washington for McNabb during the offseason. It hoped he would stabilize the offense while first-round pick and former FSU quarterback Christian Ponder learned the offense. But he went 1-5 as a starter, threw only four touchdowns and completed just five passes of 25-plus yards.
"I felt the direction in the way that things were going, it was best for Christian and (backup quarterback Joe Webb) to continue developing to run the offense," McNabb, 35, said. "I just wanted to be the guy who tried to add that confidence or that spiritual advice. But I thought the best move for me at this particular point was to move on, clear my head and see what's next."
Frazier said he didn't regret the trade and believes McNabb can still play. But he stopped short of saying he can be an effective starter.
"A lot depends on the team he goes to, if he goes to another team," Frazier said.
If McNabb is not claimed by 4 p.m. today, he becomes a free agent. When Denver waived quarterback Kyle Orton last month, Kansas City, Dallas and Chicago put in claims. Kansas City won because it had the worse record.
"He's been a great player in the league," said Bears coach Lovie Smith, who last month lost quarterback Jay Cutler to a broken thumb. "But I won't speculate on anything else besides that."
More Vikings: Running back Adrian Peterson still is not cleared to practice because of a sprained left ankle that has kept him out for a game. But he said he hopes to play Sunday. Also, the remaining tickets for Sunday's game were sold and a blackout avoided. About 3,000 were left at the beginning of the week.
Manning rehab: Colts quarterback Peyton Manning can increase the intensity of workouts, but there is no timetable for him to be cleared to practice. The Colts said the fusion performed on Manning's neck has achieved "firm fixation." When he last spoke to reporters, a month ago, he was waiting for that to take place. Manning hasn't played this season after his third neck surgery in 19 months on Sept. 8, but he remains on the active roster.
Raider arrested: Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain was arrested and faces assault, firearms and other charges after a fight in his hometown of Decatur, Ala. Police said McClain fired a gun beside a man's head Wednesday night. No one was shot, but police say a man drove himself to a hospital, where he was treated and released. McClain, Oakland's second-leading tackler this season, was released on $2,000 bond. The team declined to comment on his status for Sunday.
Bears: Daniel Rago of suburban Chicago pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery for slapping receiver Devin Hester at an Illinois casino Oct. 14. Hester didn't retaliate. Rago was given 80 hours of community service and ordered to pay $315 in court fees and fines.
Bills: Safety George Wilson, who has missed two games with a neck injury, missed his second straight practice and likely won't play Sunday. Also, Sunday's home game did not sell out, making it their first blackout of the season.
Cardinals: Quarterback Kevin Kolb, out since sustaining a right foot injury Oct. 30 against the Ravens, practiced for the second straight day. He said he was sore but expects to start Sunday.
Lions: Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh's appeal of a two-game suspension for stomping on the Packers' Evan Dietrich-Smith was heard by Art Shell. But Shell, the ex-Raiders star offensive lineman and coach jointly appointed by the league and players' association to hear such cases, set no timetable for a decision.
Rams: Quarterback Sam Bradford missed practice with the high left ankle sprain he aggravated Sunday. The team said it would decide a starter between him and A.J. Feeley today.
Steelers: Safety Troy Polamalu and linebacker LaMarr Woodley practiced and are expected to play Sunday. Polamalu left Sunday's game with concussion-like symptoms while Woodley hasn't played since Oct. 30 because of a left hamstring injury.
CFL: Scott Milanovich, a backup quarterback for the Bucs from 1996-99, was hired as Toronto's coach. He had been Montreal's offensive coordinator since 2008.