Chargers waive kicker Younghoe Koo, re-sign Nick Novak

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Sep 17, 2017; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers kicker Younghoe Koo (9) reacts after missing a 44-yard field goal with nine seconds left aMiami Dolphins during a NFL football game at StubHub Center. The Dolphins defeated the Chargers 19-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 17, 2017; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers kicker Younghoe Koo (9) reacts after missing a 44-yard field goal with nine seconds left aMiami Dolphins during a NFL football game at StubHub Center. The Dolphins defeated the Chargers 19-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Chargers announced Thursday that they have re-signed kicker Nick Novak, shortly after waiving rookie Younghoe Koo after just four games.

Novak is a 13-year NFL veteran who is no stranger to the organization. He kicked for the the San Diego Chargers from 2011-14. He made 101 of his 117 field goal attempts while with the Bolts. Novak spent the past two seasons with Houston, before being released by the Texans last month.

Koo had been a feel-good story coming out of training camp. Only the fourth NFL player born in South Korea, he won the job after winning a competition with incumbent Josh Lambo.

However, Koo just never seemed to be the right fit for the 2017 Chargers. He went 3 for 6 on field goal attempts for the season. The alumnus of Georgia Southern had his potential game-tying field goal blocked by the Broncos in the season opener at Denver. He then missed two field goals in their 19-17 loss to Miami one week later, including a 44-yarder at the final gun, that would have given the Bolts the win.

Novak is expected to kick for the Chargers against the New York Giants on Sunday, October 8th.

-Mike D’Abate is the Managing Editor for cover32.com/Chargers and covers the Los Angeles Chargers. He is also a National Content Writer for cover32.com and covers the NFL.
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