Jon Kitna: I fully expect Tony Romo to play

IRVING, Texas – Cowboys backup quarterback Jon Kitna believes he’s just filling in for Tony Romo during practice this week.

“I fully expect him to play,” Kitna said, referring to Monday’s game against the Redskins.

Romo attended Thursday’s practice, the first since he suffered a fractured rib and punctured lung, but he did not participate. He watched the practice and wore an electrical stimulation device on his ribs during the media access portion.

Coach Jason Garrett said Thursday that the Cowboys would evaluate Romo’s status on a day-to-day basis. That comes after Garrett’s comment Monday that there was no reason to expect Romo to miss the game against the Redskins.

Kitna is under the impression that Romo’s status will be determined by the franchise quarterback’s pain tolerance, as owner/general manager Jerry Jones said earlier this week. As a result, Kitna anticipates holding a clipboard Monday night.

In a sense, Kitna is serving as a scout-team quarterback while working with the starters this week. He’s focused on preparing his teammates to play with Romo as much as he is on getting himself ready to go against the Redskins.

“I try to do things just as he would do them,” Kitna said. “I don’t want to change anything for what those guys are used to so far.”