The St. Louis Cardinals announced yesterday they have waived former Maryland place-kicker Jess Atkinson and signed Novo Bojovic, who was most recently with the Oakland Invaders of the U.S. Football League.

The 5-foot-10, 172-pound Bojovic passed a physical examination Tuesday and joined the Cardinals for practice yesterday in St. Louis, a spokesman for the National Football League club said.

Bojovic, born in Titograd, Yugoslavia, played college football at Central Michigan and began his professional career with Michigan of the USFL in 1983. Last season with Oakland, he kicked 18 field goals in 26 attempts and made 57 of 59 extra points.

Atkinson was obtained by the Cardinals after they waived Neil O'Donoghue following his three missed field goal attempts in a 20-10 loss to the Houston Oilers Oct. 27. Atkinson, who was picked up on waivers from the New York Giants, missed the only three field goal attempts he had in his two games as a Cardinal . . .

Former Redskins Billy Kilmer and Sonny Jurgensen will announce at a news conference Nov. 19 the formation of a national Quarterback Hall of Fame. The first professional, college and high school quarterbacks will be inducted Feb. 22 at the Quarterback Club of Washington's 20th anniversary awards dinner at the Washington Hilton . . .

The San Francisco Examiner has offered $500 for an interview with the person who threw a snowball that was seemingly instrumental in the 49ers' 17-16 loss in Denver Monday night. Late in the first half, a snowball apparently thrown by a fan splattered near the ball when the 49ers' Matt Cavanaugh was preparing to hold it for a field goal attempt by Ray Wersching. Cavanaugh was distracted, bobbled the ball, picked it up and threw it futilely into the end zone.