IRVING, Texas – Jon Kitna is closing in on a career high … for rushing yards.
Since taking over for Tony Romo on Oct. 25 against the New York Giants, Kitna has rushed 23 times for 102 yards. He needs only 55 yards in the final four games to break his personal best of 156 set in 2006 in Detroit.
“The less I run the better we’ll be,” Kitna said. “You just have to keep trying to do whatever you can, I guess.”
Kitna scrambled for 28 yards on four carries Sunday against Indianapolis. He had a 29-yard touchdown on a bootleg to close out the Lions on Nov. 21.
Sunday’s game against Philadelphia will feature two of the top 10 rushing quarterbacks in the NFL. Michael Vick leads all quarterbacks with 467 yards rushing this season, to go with 4,421 yards for his career. Kitna is tied for 10th with Detroit’s Shaun Hill and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger and has only played in seven games.
Kitna had 113 yards in 2003 in Cincinnati and 127 yards in 2000 for Seattle.
“I think if you watched throughout my career I run when the opportunity presents themselves, especially back in Cincinnati and stuff,” Kitna said. “In Detroit I was pretty beat up and coach [Mike] Martz hated for quarterbacks to run. But it’s one of those things where I never think about running. It just opens up and you go.”