QB Donovan McNabb takes over Vikings offense

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI | August 4, 2011 | 8:00 PM EDT

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Donovan McNabb, left, celebrates with quarterbacks coach Craig Johnson after news that the collective bargaining agreement was ratified by players and free agents were allowed to participate in practice, during the NFL football team's practice Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, in Mankato, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Donovan McNabb took the reins of Minnesota's offense on Thursday, practicing with the Vikings for the first time since he was acquired in a trade with Washington last week.

But like the rest of this wacky NFL summer, it didn't go as initially planned.

McNabb and the rest of the veterans with new or restructured contracts missed the first three training camp practices in Mankato while the new collective bargaining agreement was being finalized. McNabb came out to the field for the afternoon practice on Thursday thinking he was ready to go, but he ended up having to sit out the first 40 minutes while the votes were tallied.

McNabb says he is happy the waiting is finally over and he can get back to work.