With Tony Romo questionable for the Dallas Cowboys' season finale with the Philadelphia Eagles, the team re-signed Jon Kitna to return and serve as the third quarterback behind Romo and Kyle Orton. According to ESPN on Dec. 24, Kitna just needs to pass a physical to return to the roster.
Kitna served as the Cowboys backup quarterback until he retired in 2011. After Kitna's retirement, Dallas signed Kyle Orton, who had last played for the Kansas City Chiefs, to be Romo's backup.
Of course, Dallas has still refused to throw in the towel on Romo playing this weekend since the playoffs are on the line. The injury is a herniated disk in Romo's back and he needs surgery. The basic mode of thought is to get him into surgery and healed up for 2014, but there is also the fact that head coach Jason Garrett might be coaching his last game in Dallas if his team loses.
On Tuesday, Dallas worked out a number of quarterbacks including former NFL starters like John Skelton, Tyler Thigpen and David Carr. However, Dallas chose to go with Kitna because he knows Garrett's playbook and has a relationship with many of the players on the roster.
The big problem here is that Kitna has not played football in two years and has spent that time as a high school football coach and teacher in Washington.
If Romo does not start for the Dallas Cowboys against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Kyle Orton will get the start and Jon Kitna will serve as his immediate backup. Romo will still be on the sidelines in that case, and will probably serve as a sort of assistant coach for whoever starts.