Redskins cut kicker Novak, will stay with Suisham

Updated: December 4, 2006, 6:15 PM ET
Associated Press

ASHBURN, Va. -- Nick Novak was cut by the Washington Redskins on Monday, leaving Shaun Suisham as the team's only kicker despite an inauspicious debut.

Suisham, signed from the practice squad Saturday, missed wide left with his only field goal attempt -- a 50-yarder -- and hit several line-drive kickoffs in Sunday's 24-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

But that was still enough for the Redskins to give him the nod over Novak, who made only 5 of 10 field attempts this season and regularly left his kickoffs short. Novak missed a 37-yard field goal last week against Carolina, prompting the Redskins to sign Suisham to the practice squad and then to the active roster.

Novak was on the active roster Sunday but did not play.

"Shaun gives us best chance to give us more distance on kickoffs," coach Joe Gibbs said.

Suisham, who spent parts of this season and last season with Dallas, is the 16th kicker the Redskins have used in a regular season game since 1995. John Hall started the season but was placed on injured reserve in October with a leg injury and replaced by Novak.

Defensive tackle Ryan Boschetti, who was cut Saturday to make room for Suisham, was re-signed.

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