Donavan McNabb is released by Vikings

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Donovan McNabb is available again.

Donovan McNabb, who was 1-5 as the Minnesota starter this season before losing his job, was released Thursday. McNabb was in his first year with the Vikings after a troubled year with the Washington Redskins.   Associated Press
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Donovan McNabb, who was 1-5 as the Minnesota starter this season before losing his job, was released Thursday. McNabb was in his first year with the Vikings after a troubled year with the Washington Redskins.

The Minnesota Vikings waived the 13-year veteran quarterback Thursday, giving him the opportunity to sign with another team for the stretch run in a parting coach Leslie Frazier described as mutual.

McNabb went 1-5 as a starter before being benched in favor of Christian Ponder.

McNabb threw for only four touchdowns and completed only five passes of 25-plus yards.

COLTS: Peyton Manning’s injured neck is healthy enough for more work.

He’s just not ready to start taking hits.

One day after Manning’s latest monthly checkup, Dr. Robert Watkins gave the winless Indianapolis Colts and their franchise quarterback some good news in this miserable season: The four-time league MVP is healing.

“I am encouraged with what Doc had to say,” Manning said. “I am happy that I can increase my rehabilitation program as outlined by him … and the Colts’ medical staff. I am hopeful for continued progress in this next phase of my rehab.”

GIANTS: A miffed Perry Fewell accused some members of the New York defense of quitting in the blowout loss to the New Orleans Saints and he vowed that will not happen again.

The Giants defensive coordinator could not explain why the Giants (6-5) played so poorly in the 49-24 thrashing that knocked New York out of first place in the NFC East .

The showing left many wondering whether the team was ready for a third consecutive second-half of the season collapse.

“It was so disappointing from my perspective that as I watched it on Monday and watched it the next day, it was one of those games that you want to bury,” Fewell said Thursday after practice. “The energy level, what we did, it baffled me, OK. It baffled me.

LIONS: Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has had his appeal heard of a two-game suspension for stomping on an opponent.

Art Shell, jointly appointed by the league and the players’ association to hear such cases, has conducted a conference call Thursday, but set no timetable for making a decision.

The 2010 Defensive Rookie of the Year was penalized and ejected from a Thanksgiving Day loss to Green Bay for stomping on the arm of Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith. On Tuesday, the league handed down the two-game suspension and Suh immediately appealed.

RAIDERS: Linebacker Rolando McClain was arrested Thursday on misdemeanor assault, firearms and other charges after allegedly firing a gun during a fight in his Decatur, Ala., hometown.

McClain, 22, held a gun beside a man’s head during an altercation and the man begged him not to shoot, according to a statement released by Lt. John Crouch of the Decatur Police Department.

McClain, an All American at Alabama during his junior year, moved the gun but fired a round beside the man’s ear, according to the statement. No one was shot, but police said a man who was injured in the altercation drove himself to a hospital, where he was treated and released.


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