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Jon Kitna is playing pretty well

12/2/2010

IRVING -- When the Cowboys lost Tony Romo to a broken left collarbone there was uncertainty about backup Jon Kitna.

Age, Kitna is 38, skill set, hadn't thrown a pass in regular season game since October 2008, left many wondering if he had anything left.

Kitna has led the Cowboys to a 2-3 record and while the touchdown-to-interception ratio isn't good, 10 touchdowns to eight interceptions, he has completed 65 percent of his passes and is proving the team shouldn't have any doubts about him.

As a starter, Kitna has thrown for at least 300 yards three times, completed at least 70 percent of his passes the last two games and compiled a quarterback rating of over 100 twice.

"Nothing surprises me really," receiver Miles Austin said. "He’s a consummate professional. He comes to work every day, works hard, does well in the games, so that was pretty much what I expected from him."

How long Kitna wants to play is a question. He's signed through the 2011 season where he's scheduled to earn $2.6 million next year. If the Cowboys bring him back, which it appears they will do, it could stifle the progress of No. 3 quarterback Stephen McGee.

Kitna does want to play.

"Until God takes me out of the game," Kitna said as to if he wants to play. "I’ve already surpassed how long I wanted to play. God has kept me in this game for longer thought I thought. When He’s ready for me to move on to my next calling in life, He’ll tell me."