The Cowboys will not make a claim for Donovan McNabb or Sage Rosenfels. Dallas' decision to put in a claim for Kyle Orton last week as well as the continued absence from practice of Jon Kitna led to speculation after McNabb and Rosenfels were released Thursday.
"Right now, we’re just going to stand pat with where we are and evaluate our quarterback situation with the health of Jon Kitna as much as anything else going forward," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Friday. "He seems to be getting better, so we’re hopeful he’ll be back sooner rather than later."
Kitna, who is in his 15th season, has been out the past two games with a back injury. He is at Valley Ranch rehabbing. Garrett said there is no timetable for Kitna'sreturn, but the Cowboys feel good enough about his chances to come back this season that they have not put Kitna on injured reserve.
"We’re certainly evaluating what the prognosis is versus how much season we have left, and we still feel like we have a lot of season to go, so we’re going to give him some time," Garrett said. "He’s been a valuable member of our team both on and off the field, so we’re going to try to give him every opportunity to come back."
The Cowboys have only Tony Romo and Stephen McGee, a third-year veteran whose only career start came in last season's finale against the Eagles. McGee also played in Arizona in Week 16 last season after Kitna was injured.
"We have a lot of confidence in Stephen as far as what we do out here against Arizona, and maybe we won’t need him during this year," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on his weekly radio show on KRLD-FM. "And that’s the way we’d like for it to end up."
The Cowboys put a claim in for Orton last week after the Broncos waived him, but Jones said it was because of Orton's familiarity with the team's system. McNabb has spent most of his career in the West Coast offense.
"We did more than kick the tires on Kyle Orton," Jones said. "We tried to get him because he knows and is familiar with our system, familiar with the calls, familiar just period. It would have let us get our mind off Kitna. Now, we still have our mind on Kitna. I don’t know what and when he might be available to us. But he hasn’t been dismissed from our thought. On the other hand, Donovan has not really been in this system, so that’s kind of where that is. That’s all that I would say about that. We think Donovan really has had a career and a lot of it has been against the Cowboys. I’ll never forget the great run he made out here and then the throw for a touchdown. It was memorable."
-- Charean Williams