With Kaeding out for year, Chargers sign Nick Novak

AP

Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding is out for the season with a torn ACL, and Nick Novak has been signed to replace him.

The team announced today that Novak, who lost the kicking competition in Jets camp, has been signed.

Novak last played in a regular-season game in 2008, when he was with the Chiefs. He has also played for the Redskins and Cardinals.

Chargers defensive lineman Luis Castillo, who is expected to miss most of the season with a broken leg, was not placed on injured reserve, suggesting that the Chargers expect him to be ready to go by the end of the year and, they hope, the playoffs.