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Cowboys make Kitna signing official, cut Micheal Spurlock

Justin Smith, Jon Kitna AP

Jon Kitna is officially back in the NFL.

The Cowboys announced the move to bring back their former backup quarterback on Wednesday, leaving them with a veteran behind Kyle Orton should Orton start on Sunday night against the Eagles. The team is still hopeful that Tony Romo will be able to play after receiving an epidural injection in his injured back, but needed a third quarterback to cover themselves in case he can’t go.

The 41-year-old Kitna has been out of the NFL since 2011, when he served as Romo’s backup. The Cowboys did not work Kitna out before signing him, choosing to pluck him directly from his teaching and coaching role at a high school in Tacoma. They worked out John Skelton, Tyler Thigpen, David Carr and Richard Bartel on Tuesday before opting for a familiar face.

Returner Micheal Spurlock was cut to make room for Kitna on the active roster. Spurlock helped spur the Cowboys to an early lead last week with a 62-yard punt return inside the Washington 5-yard line that set up a DeMarco Murray’s touchdown.

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42 Responses to “Cowboys make Kitna signing official, cut Micheal Spurlock”
  1. bleedrangerblue says: Dec 25, 2013 3:14 PM

    Kitna! Yay!! Good times ahead! Go Jets!! We are not the circus in town anymore !!!!!

  2. ripster65 says: Dec 25, 2013 3:14 PM

    hmmm…couldn’t have picked anyone else? Not saying the guy’s golden but he did gain quite a few “what have you done for me lately” points last week.

  3. joewilliesshnoz says: Dec 25, 2013 3:16 PM

    Are you kidding me ?

  4. heeeeelzfan says: Dec 25, 2013 3:17 PM

    Translation: Romo done for season.

  5. ripster65 says: Dec 25, 2013 3:18 PM

    Referring to Michael Spurlock of course, not Kitna…lol

  6. mf7krime says: Dec 25, 2013 3:20 PM

    Merry Christmas Michael; you’re cut.

  7. magicmtndan says: Dec 25, 2013 3:24 PM

    Cowboys bringing a QB back from retirement.

    Now if only they could get their GM to retire.

  8. kcflake says: Dec 25, 2013 3:25 PM

    Lol. A 41 year old qb. I’m glad jerry jones isn’t my gm or owner.

  9. bert1913 says: Dec 25, 2013 3:25 PM

    kitna’s 1 game check will probably be worth more 2 years of his teachers salary #sportsmustbemoreimportantthanteachingkids

  10. smilesaustin says: Dec 25, 2013 3:27 PM

    Strong tactical move, IMO. They rolled the dice on having just two quarterbacks on the roster, and Romo got hurt at exactly the worst time.

    Now, in a game that will seal their playoff fate, they need a quarterback who knows the offense and can be plugged-in immediately if Orton gets injured. Guys like David Carr and Tyler Thigpen aren’t going to learn the entire Cowboys playbook in 4 days. For Kitna, all he’s got to do is pick up a copy of the playbook and spend an evening studying and he’ll be ready to go.

    For the concerns about his age – it was just a few years ago when Kitna threw for 2,500 yards and 16 scores in 9 starts with an 88.9 QB rating. He’s a good option to bring in under these circumstances.

  11. fumblenuts says: Dec 25, 2013 3:27 PM

    41 years old…..

    Was Kenny Stabler busy?

  12. pilot2011 says: Dec 25, 2013 3:31 PM

    I don’t follow the Cowboys; so was Spurlock on the team for the entire year? If so, man that’s rough. Give it everything you got for an entire year to be fired on Christmas.

    You got to believe any team that does that to one of their own on Jesus’s birthday is setting themselves up for disaster. Better just close the roof Jerry, He won’t be watching your game on Sunday.

  13. uglydingo says: Dec 25, 2013 3:31 PM

    Mr Jones we have Jeff George on line 2. He says that he’s match fit. Do you still want me to find Vinnie Testerverde’s contact details?

  14. jburk003 says: Dec 25, 2013 3:32 PM

    Harsh reality of the NFL BUSINESS…
    Do everything right, make plays to help set your team up to win- 5 days later, cut and off the team.

  15. phillysports1 says: Dec 25, 2013 3:38 PM

    Damn that was cruel . Wow …

  16. bja105 says: Dec 25, 2013 3:38 PM

    It is Christmas vacation, so he won’t miss any school.

  17. lkimball2757 says: Dec 25, 2013 3:38 PM

    Another great GM move by Jerry. If you only have 2 QBs on the roster, you should at least have 1 on the practice squad that knows the offense. If Orton goes down, they are done.

  18. nfl4days says: Dec 25, 2013 3:42 PM

    Cut on Christmas for a 41 year old, formally retired QB? Wow.

  19. steves11 says: Dec 25, 2013 3:45 PM

    They probably told Spurlock that its only for this game (assuming they don’t win and make the playoffs). Its strange though that they cut the guy who is as responsible as anyone for them winning that game against the Redskins. The good news for Spurlock is that he’s a free agent and his stock just went up after that long punt return.

  20. fdugrad says: Dec 25, 2013 3:50 PM

    Tough Xmas for the kick returner. Interesting choice in Kitna. I wonder, if he hasn’t been throwing regularly, just how stiff his arm will be after his first practice and will it render him too sore to throw in a game situation? He has had a very long layoff. On the other hand, as a fellow teacher, I am enjoying a two week vacation. It is more than possible that JK will not need to apply for a leave if Dallas doesn’t win the game! He then returns to his position seamlessly and richer, a hero to his pupils…not a bad vacation all in all

  21. icanspeel says: Dec 25, 2013 4:04 PM

    Poor Michael Spurlock, seems over the last few years he is always the one to get cut.

  22. meatcarroll says: Dec 25, 2013 4:04 PM

    The Supersize Me guy was on the Cowboys?

  23. Ferdinand says: Dec 25, 2013 4:08 PM

    Dear Mr Jones:

    When people suggested signing Kitna in all the other related posts — THEY WERE KIDDING!!!

    Sincerely,

    Sobriety, Lucidity & Brains, Esq

  24. gojags says: Dec 25, 2013 4:23 PM

    Didn’t Jerry pat himself on the back of having Kyle Orton in the roster yesterday. Not sure what is in Jerry’s mind?

  25. MichaelEdits says: Dec 25, 2013 4:56 PM

    Why not let Aikman’s old backup suit up? He’s still with the Cowboys, isn’t he?

  26. fordmandalay says: Dec 25, 2013 5:03 PM

    Dream Team!!

  27. steves11 says: Dec 25, 2013 5:09 PM

    The Eagles just need to not pay any attention to the smoke and mirrors Dallas is trying to create with this Romo injury. They need to prepare for Orton the same way they’d prepare for Romo. There’s no real difference between them other than Romo is more mobile and can extend plays. The Eagles need to put pressure on Orton and make him show his rust. If they give him time to throw, he can beat them. I’m sure that the Eagles coaching staff knows all of this and is pounding it into their defense’s heads. This is a game that the Eagles should win if they go into it with the right mindset.

  28. Ferdinand says: Dec 25, 2013 5:46 PM

    The only difference I can see between Romo, Orton or Kitna is the margin of the Eagles’ victory.

  29. truths4all says: Dec 25, 2013 6:22 PM

    Unless the Cowboys offense is essentially the same when Kitna was there last, Kitna is doomed to fail if he has to play.

    This move reeks of Jones fear of finding another QB who could play well in Romo’s absence. Looks like Jones would rather lose any chance of beating the Eagles and gaining a playoff berth instead of facing the chances that Skelton, Carr, Bartel, or another QB might have some success while Romo is gone and Orton struggles.

    Cowboy fans, your GM and owner has sold you and the rest of the team out.

  30. wtfchiefs says: Dec 25, 2013 6:38 PM

    Seriously. How cheesed off do you think this makes Vince Young right now?

  31. damcmp says: Dec 25, 2013 6:40 PM

    No man! the big top moved to HOUSTON!

  32. briang123 says: Dec 25, 2013 6:48 PM

    What a great deal for Kitna. He’ll make a real nice chunk of change for very little work and he won’t even miss a day of his teaching job as he will be home before Christmas break ends.

  33. jayniner says: Dec 25, 2013 7:44 PM

    While you’re at it, I hear Joe Montana and Steve Young are still available….

  34. silverandblack052099 says: Dec 25, 2013 7:51 PM

    What does this say about the guys who tried out?
    Thanks for coming out guys, but we’re going to go with the 41 year old retired guy who we have to go pull out of the class room. lol.

    Hey Mr. Kitna, what did you do during Christmas break?

    Oh not much, just went and played Quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys.

  35. jacobk621 says: Dec 25, 2013 7:53 PM

    The Eagles should sign Spurlock just to get under Jerrah’s skin ! It would be unprecedented !!

  36. eacuna05 says: Dec 25, 2013 8:01 PM

    Was Brett Favre not available?

  37. seabreezes51 says: Dec 25, 2013 8:30 PM

    Can Kitna return kicks?

  38. bobby927 says: Dec 25, 2013 9:00 PM

    They could have made Jason Garrett the backup QB. He does nothing useful as the HC.

  39. morandini12 says: Dec 26, 2013 8:21 AM

    Guess we’re going to have to rewind the clock on Kitna’s HOF eligibility now.

  40. oldbyrd says: Dec 26, 2013 10:13 AM

    Bradshaw was also available!

  41. TheDPR says: Dec 26, 2013 10:20 AM

    Spurlock got signed by Detroit right away.
    From one dysfunctional franchise to another.

  42. sportsguygerald says: Dec 26, 2013 6:06 PM

    Kitbag is donating his Cowboy check to the school. Pretty classy move

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