IRVING, Texas -- Jon Kitna’s season and possibly his career are over.
The Cowboys put the veteran quarterback on injured reserve Wednesday with a back injury. Kitna is in the last year of his contract and has been contemplating retirement with his family remaining in Washington for most of the season.
Wide receiver Dwayne Harris was called up from the practice squad to take Kitna’s spot. He opened the year on the active roster as the Cowboys’ punt returner, averaging 6.6 yards. He also returned three kickoffs for a 24-7-yard average.
He was cut on Oct. 18 and signed to the practice squad a day later. He was going to be called up to the active roster last month but he was sidelined by a hamstring injury.
With Felix Jones about to handle the full-time running back job, the Cowboys are in need of a kickoff returner. Kevin Ogletree had been an option. Harris could also be an option at punt returner in his return to the 53-man roster.
It's the second time in as many weeks the Cowboys have promoted a wide receiver from the practice squad with Andre Holmes getting the call last week.
The Cowboys signed Chris Greisen to the practice squad. They made the same move last year after placing Tony Romo on injured reserve. Greisen, a former member of the Dallas Desperados, was on the active roster for the final game of the year with Kitna hurt and Stephen McGee starting but he did not play.