Chargers to bring in kickers for tryouts with Nick Novak injured

COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Nick Novak says he’ll be ready to go this week. But just in case that doesn’t happen, Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said he’ll bring in kickers for tryouts on Tuesday.

Last month after Novak suffered an ankle injury covering kickoffs against the Denver Broncos, the Chargers brought in Younghoe Koo, Andrew Franks and Jason Myers for a tryout, but stayed with Novak.

Novak was on the injury report with a back injury going into last week’s game, and said he made the injury worse during warm-ups for the Bolts’ Thanksgiving Day win against the Dallas Cowboys.

Novak missed a 35-yarder and an extra point during the game, and ended up giving way to punter Drew Kaser.

Lynn said he doesn’t want to be in a similar situation on Sunday against the winless Cleveland Browns, and might sign a kicker on Tuesday before making a decision on whether Novak can play.

“I wouldn’t count that out, having two kickers on the roster right now,” Lynn said. “I would not count that out because we need an insurance policy. What happened last week, I don’t want that to happen again.”

Novak said the extra days of rest due to the Thanksgiving Day game should help him this week. Novak said he’ll know by Thursday if he’s ready to play.

“I fully expected to play the game and be healthy,” Novak said. “I didn’t kick much during the short week so there wasn’t much time to test in the week prior. Warm-ups were OK. And once I started feeling it, with the different things we did to try to subdue the pain, it didn’t work so well.

“Of course I have to be honest. I know what I’m capable of as far as pain tolerance. If that game came down to a game-winner, I’d want to be the one taking it, no matter how painful it was because I love to compete and I love to be in that situation. Thankfully we won. These guys had my back.”