Cowboys will sign Jon Kitna

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With Tony Romo’s status uncertain for Sunday because of a back injury, the Cowboys needed a third quarterback to go with Kyle Orton on the roster.

There were reports about visits from David Carr, John Skelton and Tyler Thigpen, but the team has decided to go in a different direction. Per multiple reports, the team will sign Jon Kitna.

Kitna, who turned 41 in September, last played in the NFL with the Cowboys in 2011. He started nine games for them in 2010 when Romo broke his collarbone, so he’s familiar with Jason Garrett and at least some of the offense from his previous stint with the team. How much that familiarity would help if Kitna were actually pressed into action after almost two full years as a retiree is a question the Cowboys would surely prefer remain unanswered.

Kitna has been teaching and coaching in high school since retiring. Should the Cowboys win this weekend and advance to the playoffs, he may not be available when school reopens after the winter break.