Former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Jon Kitna was signed by the Dallas Cowboys Wednesday as their emergency backup after reports that starter Tony Romo has been lost for the season with a back injury.
Kitna, 41, will serve as backup to Kyle Orton, who could get the start on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The winner of that game will be the NFC East champion. The loser will miss the playoffs. The game will air at 5:30 p.m. Sunday on NBC.
Kitna retired in 2011 after stints in Seattle, Cincinnati, Detroit and Dallas. He’s currently a teacher and the head coach at Lincoln High School in Tacoma.
The Seattle Times reports Kitna will donate his paycheck from the Cowboys – about $53,000 -- to Lincoln High School.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter, citing sources, first reported Monday that Romo would miss the rest of the season and playoffs with a herniated disk suffered in the Cowboys’ win last week over the Washington Redskins.
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett says he has not ruled out Romo, although the quarterback did not practice Wednesday.