Owner: Cowboys' FB, backup QB could be out for season

November, 24, 2011
11/24/11
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ARLINGTON, Texas – The Cowboys are concerned that their fullback and backup quarterback won’t be able to play again this season.

Owner/general manager Jerry Jones acknowledged after Thursday’s 20-19 win over the Dolphins that he was uncertain whether Jon Kitna (back) and Tony Fiammetta (undetermined illness) would be able to recover from their ailments before the end of the season.

“We just don’t know, and that is all we know, that we don’t,” Jones said. “Both of those guys are not definitive in any way medically.”

The Cowboys’ medical staff has still not been able to determine the origin of the illness that has sidelined Fiammetta the last two games, Jones said. Head coach Jason Garrett described the primary symptom this week as nausea when Fiammetta exercised.

The running game has suffered without Fiammetta, a ferocious lead blocker. The Cowboys average 145.8 rushing yards per game and 5.6 per carry when Fiammetta plays. Those averages fall to 85.6 yards per game and 3.2 yards per carry when Fiammetta is inactive.

Kitna has also been inactive the last two games because of a sore back that has not responded to treatment. Jones said Kitna’s condition was one of the primary reasons the Cowboys tried to claim quarterback Kyle Orton off of waivers this week.

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