During his six-year NFL career as a backup quarterback, Jason Garrett played in 25 games and started nine. During that time, he gained a grand total of 11 yards rushing, so he was not exactly a classic scrambler.
As the interim coach, however, Garrett is quite the dancer. A player could have a hangnail and if asked how the player was doing, Garrett would likely say, “We’ll just have to see. We’ll continue to evaluate it and make a decision before the game.”
Anyone expecting an update from Garrett on quarterback Jon Kitna should be ready for a long wait. Kitna’s left oblique was injured on Christmas Day in Arizona and he has not practiced this week. When asked about Kitna’s condition, Garrett said:
“Still walking around pretty good. So we’ll see. A day to day thing. We’ll take it up to the game.”
The Cowboys must decide on Saturday whether to activate new quarterback Chris Griesen from the practice squad. Griesen, who once played for the Dallas Desperados in the Arena League, was signed earlier in the week as a backup.
Garrett noted that there are “a lot of hours” between Friday and Saturday, “so we’ll continue to evaluate Jon and just see where he is. . . . We’re not going to put a player out there who is not healthy enough to play. He has to move around and throw and he has to be able to show some evidence of that prior to the game.”
Whether healthy or not, Kitna will travel to Philadelphia for the game. So will regular starter Tony Romo, who has been out since late October with a broken left collarbone.
-- Jan Hubbard