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Reports: Cowboys sign QB Kitna, 41

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With Tony Romo's status in doubt due to a back ailment, the Dallas Cowboys brought back a name from the past to serve as insurance at the quarterback position: Jon Kitna.

According to multiple media reports, Kitna signed with the Cowboys on Tuesday to serve as the team's third quarterback. The 41-year-old veteran last played in the NFL in 2011, and he announced his retirement in January 2012 following a 15-year career.

Kyle Orton would start at quarterback for Dallas on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles if Romo does not receive medical clearance. Romo reportedly has a herniated disk that will require back surgery.

Before settling on Kitna, the Cowboys held workouts this week with quarterbacks including Tyler Thigpen, John Skelton, David Carr and Caleb Hanie, multiple media outlets reported.

Kitna started his career with the now-defunct Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europe in 1997 and had stints with the Seattle Seahawks, whom he led to the playoffs in 1999 with a 9-7 record, the Cincinnati Bengals and Detroit Lions.

He retired with a 60.3 completion percentage for 29,745 yards, 169 touchdowns, 165 interceptions and a 77.4 passer rating. As a starter, he compiled a 50-74 record.

Since leaving the NFL, Kitna was teaching and coaching in his native Tacoma, Wash.

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