Stephen McGee will finish the season as the team's backup quarterback, and he might have the job even longer.
Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said Wednesday McGee could be Tony Romo's backup next season. Backup Jon Kitna, who was placed on injured reserve Wednesday with a back injury, is expected to retire. Kitna, 39, is in the final year of his contract and had contemplated retirement before this season.
"We feel great that Stephen McGee had a chance to play in regular-season games at the end of last year," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "That was a real positive thing. We have a lot of confidence in Stephen."
McGee has been Romo's backup since Kitna was sidelined with his injury Nov. 6.
"I get more snaps on the scout team, not necessarily with our normal offense," McGee said. "Just dressing out and being one play away, there’s that extra little pressure that you could be in the game. You’ve got to be prepared and ready to go. Being emotionally ready to play that last 24 hours is really important, too. It’s a great experience."
McGee played the final two regular-season games last year when Romo and Kitna were injured. He completed 22 of 44 passes for 238 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
"I think the little experience that I got was huge in just kind of feeling the flow of the game, the tempo and the speed of the defenses in a real game," McGee said. "That kind of experience is invaluable for a guy like me."
McGee was a fourth-round draft pick out of Texas A&M in 2009.
-- Charean Williams