Report: Cowboys call Kitna out of retirement

Staff and wire reportsDecember 25, 2013 

The Dallas Cowboys reportedly have lured Jon Kitna, the football coach at Tacoma’s Lincoln High School, back into the NFL.

A report on the Cowboys’ official website Tuesday said Kitna, who retired in 2012 after 15 NFL seasons, is expected to sign a contract if he passes a physical that was likely to be conducted Wednesday morning.

The 41-year-old former Central Washington University and Seattle Seahawks quarterback could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

The Cowboys were in need of a quarterback because starter Tony Romo suffered a back injury Sunday against Washington and could miss this Sunday’s game against Philadelphia. The only other quarterback on Dallas’ roster is veteran backup Kyle Orton.

Kitna is familiar with the Cowboys’ offensive system, having served as Romo’s backup from 2009-2011 — starting nine games in 2010 after Romo suffered a broken clavicle.

Kitna has passed for 29,745 yards, 169 touchdowns and 165 interceptions in a career that includes stops in Seattle (1997-2000), Cincinnati (2001-05) and Detroit (2006-08).

After announcing his retirement from the NFL, he became the coach at Lincoln High, his alma mater. He led the Abes to a 5-5 mark in 2012 and an 8-2 record this season, when Lincoln shared the 3A Narrows League championship with Timberline.

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