Cowboys signing Jon Kitna to backup Kyle Orton


Dallas quarterback Jon Kitna, right, tossed three touchdown passes and the Cowboys put on a dominant road performance in a win over the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

The Dallas Cowboys won’t have Tony Romo this Sunday when they host the Philadelphia Eagles for the NFC East title and a berth in the the NFL playoffs. Kyle Orton will be getting the start, and it appears that Jon Kitna will be his backup:

Kitna played 15 seasons in the NFL, his last three with the Cowboys before retiring after the 2011 season. He’s been out of the league the last two years as he returned to his high school alma mater — Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Wash. – to be a football coach and math teacher.

Kitna, now at age 41, will serve as the backup to Orton, assuming Romo is inactive Sunday. In 2010 when Romo broke his collarbone in the first half of a loss to the New York Giants, Kitna started the next nine games and had a 4-5 record.

Kitna’s best days as a Pro came with the Cincinnati Bengals In 2001, he signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Bengals. In 2003, Kitna a was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year after throwing for over 3,500 yards and 26 touchdown passes in leading the Bengals to an 8–8 record, their first non-losing season since 1996.

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