Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Redskins sign K Novak in wake of Hall's latest injury
ASHBURN, Va. -- Nick Novak is taking over from John Hall as
the Washington Redskins' kicker for the second time in as many
The Redskins signed Novak on Tuesday after the former University
of Maryland kicker won a four-way competition among available free
agents. He'll handle the kicking duties in Sunday's game against
Hall was placed on injured reserve, ending his season, after the
Redskins were forced for the third straight year to find a
midseason replacement. Hall had four leg injuries in 2004 and
missed eight games. He sat out six games last year with a strained
This year, Hall has two injuries in his kicking leg: a strained
groin and a strained quadriceps. He complained of a tired leg late
last week, and the leg became sore during Sunday's 19-3 loss to the
New York Giants.
Novak was 5-of-7 on field-goal attempts in five games during
Hall's absence last year, including a winning kick in overtime
against Seattle. Both of his misses were blocked.
Novak later kicked in five games for the Arizona Cardinals after
Neil Rackers was injured. Novak made all three of his attempts and
was invited back to the Cardinals camp this year, but was cut after
Rackers returned healthy.
Hall was supposed to solve the Redskins' decade-long kicking
woes when he signed a five-year, $7.1 million contract as a free
agent in 2003. He missed only one game in six years with the New
York Jets, but his only healthy year in Washington was his first.
The Redskins also signed offensive lineman Nick Steitz to the
practice squad and released offensive lineman CJ Brooks.