- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 11, 2006

1:36 p.m.

Veteran kicker John Hall, obviously angry that the Redskins didn’t opt to keep him on the active roster after his fourth serious leg injury in three years, stormed out of Redskins Park this morning, declining to stop to speak to reporters.

Hall was replaced on the active roster by former Maryland kicker Nick Novak, who was signed from among a group of kickers at a tryout Monday at the park. Hall, hobbled by strained quadriceps and groin muscles, missed his second field-goal attempt of Sunday’s 19-3 loss to the New York Giants. Had he made the 42-yard kick, it would have made the score 16-6.

After missing a potential overtime-forcing 48-yard field goal in the season-opening loss to Minnesota, Hall had connected on six consecutive field goals before the third-quarter miss at the Meadowlands.

On Monday afternoon, the Redskins withheld comment on Novak’s signing and Hall’s departure because they could not reach Hall to inform him of the news; he had left Redskins Park at noon from a side door. The team finally issued a press release after 8 p.m.

Novak will handle kicks and kickoffs on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. He spent five games with the Redskins last season, hitting five of seven attempts and all 15 of his extra points.

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