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Nick Novak backs into pole en route to Chargers


When an out-of-work NFL kicker gets a call requesting his services, you can guarantee he'll move fast.

In the case of Nick Novak, he probably should've looked first. Novak had a little mishap after the San Diego Chargers called him about potentionally filling in for Nate Kaeding, who injured his groin during Friday's practice.

"I was on the practice field and I missed a few phone calls, and then I found out what was going on and it didn't take long for me to get ready to head to the facility," Novak said Friday, via the Chargers' team site. "In the process I didn't see the pole behind me as I backed up, and I've got a nice bump in my bumper. But it was worth it. I raced over to my house and got my helmet and shoulder pads ready. Less than 30 minutes later I was at the facility and ready to go."

The North County Times reported Friday that Novak boarded the team plane en route to Kansas City without a contract. Kaeding -- who is listed as questionable -- remained in San Diego to receive treatment. In all likelihood, Novak will get himself another audition on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Novak replaced an injured Kaeding last season and made 27 of 34 attempts in 15 games for the Chargers. He was invited to camp this season, but Kaeding beat him out for the job.

UPDATE: The Chargers later announced the signing of Novak. The team released offensive lineman Reggie Wells to make room for the kicker on the 53-man roster. Kaeding was ruled out for Sunday's game.

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