Jon Kitna opted to sit this one out

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.