Redskins put Novak on notice by adding kicker to practice squad

Updated: November 28, 2006, 7:43 PM ET
Associated Press

ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins signed kicker Shaun Suisham to the practice squad on Tuesday, effectively putting Nick Novak on notice after another inconsistent performance.

Novak has made only 5 of 10 field goal attempts this year, a 50 percent success rate that is last among current regular kickers. Only Atlanta's Michael Koenen, who now only handles long field goal attempts after struggling early in the season, has a lower percentage (3-for-9).

Novak went 1-for-2 in Sunday's win over the Carolina Panthers, missing from 37 yards and converting from 42, and coach Joe Gibbs said he was also concerned about the depth's of Novak's kickoffs.

Novak was signed last month after John Hall was lost for the season with leg injuries.

Suisham made 4 of 6 attempts over parts of two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. He was 1-for-2 in this year's opener while Mike Vanderjagt was injured, then handled kickoffs for several games after Vanderjagt returned.

Suisham was released by the Cowboys in mid-October and has since spent time on the San Francisco 49ers practice squad. He kicked in college at Bowling Green.

The Redskins also released receiver Ryan Hoag from the practice squad.


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