Jon Kitna opted to sit this one out

January, 2, 2011
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PHILADELPHIA -- Jon Kitna opted against playing Sunday after two pregame throwing sessions and a pain-killing injection, but he was Stephen McGee’s backup with Chris Greisen serving as the No. 3 quarterback.

“I could have went out there and played,” Kitna said. “There would have been a lot of pain to do it. The thing that I didn’t want to do is, here’s a guy who has prepared all week. Now, ‘OK, Kit’s going to start,’ and he’s disappointed and I go out there for 12 plays and decide, ‘This isn’t going to work.’ …. I think it served the team better for me to be the second guy and for him to go out there since he had prepared. I just couldn’t guarantee that I could go 70 plays.”

McGee said Kitna and Tony Romo did a decent job helping him in between series. McGee finished with 127 yards on 11-of-27 passing with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Jason Witten with 55 seconds to play,.

Kitna finished with a 4-5 record on the season after taking over for Romo. He threw for 2,365 yards with 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He is signed through next year.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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