Jon Kitna wasn’t in the locker room Monday after straining his left oblique muscles in the second quarter against Arizona. Interim coach Jason Garrett said Kitna is day to day and will start if he’s healthy enough. But Cowboys owner Jerry Jones admitted that Kitna faces “a real challenge” to be ready to play in the team’s finale.
"It’s not a hip pointer," Jones said. "It’s more of a stomach muscle issue there. That’s harder to deal with and harder to overcome if you’re trying to overcome pain. You can do some stuff with hip pointers that you can’t do with some of that other. I would say there would be some work to do, maybe the extra [three] hours we’ve got will make a difference there. There’s no way I know medically how it will work. But he’s got a real challenge playing."
Jones was referring to the game being moved from noon to 3:15 p.m. Sunday.
Kitna is 4-5 as the Cowboys' starter in place of Tony Romo, who the Cowboys placed on injured reserve last week with a broken left clavicle. Kitna has completed 65.7 percent of his passes for 2,365 yards with 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
"His health will be the No. 1 factor at play," Garrett said. "Can he play? Can he practice well enough to play in this game on Sunday? So that’s the No. 1 consideration. If he’s not able to do that, we will play Stephen. But if he’s able to do that, Jon will be our quarterback."
-- Charean Williams