After carrying two place kickers since the second week of the season, the Washington Redskins released rookie Nick Novak yesterday, leaving veteran John Hall as the sole kicker for tonight's game with Philadelphia. The Redskins also signed linebacker Robert McCune and tight end Robert Johnson from the practice squad and released defensive back Dimitri Patterson.

Novak (Maryland) made five of seven field goal attempts with the Redskins -- two were blocked -- and earned praise for his nerve and accuracy, although his length on kickoffs was not ideal. Hall injured his quadriceps in the first game of the season, but has gotten better in recent weeks, and the team covets his experience.

With special teams stalwart Khary Campbell, a linebacker, missing practice this week, McCune may have to play against the Eagles. The Redskins drafted McCune in the fifth round in April. He was a special-teams standout in college. McCune spent three years in the National Guard before going to Louisville, including six months in South Korea and six in Kuwait. Johnson has not appeared in a game for the Redskins yet, either. He attended Auburn and spent time with Chicago and Atlanta. Patterson appeared in one game on special teams.

-- Jason La Canfora