Redskins' Hall May Be Done

By Howard Bryant
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Washington Redskins place kicker John Hall has a strained groin and thigh and his condition is so uncertain that the team will try out five possible replacements today, including Nick Novak, who filled in for Hall last season.

The Redskins also will bring in former Atlanta Falcons place kicker Todd Peterson; Tyler Jones, who was cut by the Redskins in training camp; and former Redskin Ola Kimrin for an early afternoon workout, sources said. The name of the other kicker could not be determined last night.

"We definitely have to do something about this," Coach Joe Gibbs said. "It seemed to act up on John and I thought he was compensating."

Hall, 32, was unable to handle kickoffs Sunday in a 19-3 loss to the New York Giants but made 1 of 2 field goal tries. Although no one is saying how long he will be out, Gibbs said, "It does not look good." Hall declined to comment yesterday morning at Redskins Park.

"He says it's been going on. He felt fatigued and tired and he certainly felt it during the course of the game and after," Bubba Tyer, the director of sports medicine, said. "We're concerned about it and it's not right. We'll see how it goes this week. There are two spots. His groin is very tender and his thigh is very tender."

When reached by phone yesterday afternoon, Novak said he had a 1 p.m. workout today at Redskins Park. Jones's agent, Mark Mersel, said yesterday that the Redskins had called in the morning and Jones was flying in from Boise, Idaho, for today's workout.

Gibbs did not deny that Novak, Jones and Peterson were being brought in, but did not say which other players were invited.

"I'm a competitor, so I'm not worried about them bringing in other guys," Novak said. "I can only put the ball through the uprights. I don't have any control over what they do with anyone else."

Novak, 25, was released by Arizona on Aug. 30. He worked out with Green Bay and New Orleans. He had been working out the past three weeks at Purdue University, where his parents teach, but arrived in Maryland a few days ago to work out at his former school.

"I didn't know they were going to bring in guys," Novak said. "I didn't watch the game. They told me if anything happened that they would keep me in mind. They were true to their word."

Peterson, 36, is a veteran kicker whose experience may give him an edge with Gibbs. He has played for six teams over his 12-year career and connected on 235 of 296 field goal attempts in 156 games.

Kimrin, 34, kicked in five games with the Redskins in 2004, making 6 of 10 attempts. He was cut by the Miami Dolphins on Aug. 29.

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