Cowboys place Jon Kitna on injured reserve

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Should something happen to Tony Romo in the next couple of weeks, the Cowboys will be fighting for their playoff lives with Stephen McGee under center.

The team placed veteran backup quarterback Jon Kitna on injured reserve Wednesday with a back injury that has hampered him for most of the season. He has been inactive for the last four weeks and the team obviously felt that there was no reason to hold a roster spot for Kitna. Wide receiver Dwayne Harris will take Kitna’s place on the active roster and they signed quarterback Chris Griesen to the practice squad.

It wouldn’t be surprising if this is the end of the road for Kitna. He thought about retiring before this season and, at 39 with a back injury, that figures to be an appealing option again in the coming offseason. Kitna has thrown for 29,475 yards in his career, good for 37th in NFL history.