(IRVING, Texas) — The Dallas Cowboys have reached an agreement with former quarterback Jon Kitna, according to ESPN and media reports.
With Tony Romo dealing with a back injury, the team wanted to bring in a backup for Kyle Orton. The Cowboys have yet to rule Romo out for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. According to sources, Romo will need back surgery and will miss the remainder of the season. Orton is expected to start if Romo can’t go.
Romo reportedly received an epidural injection in his back Monday and the Cowboys hope it’s enough for him to be able to play against Philadelphia.
Kitna, 41, played 15 NFL seasons with the Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Cincinnati Bengals, and Seattle Seahawks. He has thrown for 29,745 yards with 169 touchdowns and 165 interceptions in 124 starts.
The Cowboys also worked out David Carr, John Skelton, and Tyler Thigpen, but opted to go with Kitna because he is familiar with the team’s offense. He last played for them in 2011. Since leaving the NFL Kitna has been teaching and coaching high school football in Tacoma, Wash.
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