Novak could step in for Kaeding in San Diego

Veteran Nick Novak is a strong candidate to replace injured Nate Kaeding as the kicker in San Diego.

The Chargers are very familiar with Novak, a college standout at Maryland who has had stints in the NFL with Washington, Dallas and elsewhere. He had a previous stint in San Diego and the Chargers tried to sign him last year out of the UFL, where he was special teams player of the year, but stipulations in the UFL contract structure scuttled the deal.

Novak is coming off a strong preseason, where he pushed Nick Folk for the job with the Jets and he is already living and training in San Diego, where he was born.

The Chargers have made initial contact with Novak and could bring in several kickers for a competition, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Novak gets the job.

Kaeding suffered what the team fears was a torn ACL on the opening kickoff Sunday, with punter Mike Scifres handing kicking duties on an emergency basis.

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