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Jerry Jones rules out Kitna, questions Austin's return

On his twice-weekly radio show on KRLD-FM, Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones ruled out backup quarterback Jon Kitna (back) and fullback Tony Fiammetta (illness) for next week's game at Arizona.

The Fiammetta injury is a mystery.

Team medical officials are still trying to figure out what's wrong with the fullback. Jones said the illness is not bone or soft tissue related. But Fiammetta continues to get sick when trying to workout.

"It shouldn’t be cloaked in mystique," Jones said on his show. "It's just that it's hard for him to do football things. It's hard for him to do some things without nausea or without being incapable of doing them. So he’s certainly under the care of a real evaluation. Right now we can't and he can't function the way you have to, to play football. We don’t know, that’s it."

Kitna's season is in real doubt with his back injury. The Cowboys tried to claim quarterback Kyle Orton this week after he was released by Denver. But the Kansas City Chiefs were rewarded him over Dallas.

However, there is a chance the Cowboys could sign a quarterback.

"We were probably trying to make sure we didn’t have a guessing game here at backup quarterback relative to Kitna," Jones said regarding the claim for Orton. "I don’t know on Kitna. We just have to see how that goes."

Jones also said wide receiver Miles Austin (hamstring) is questionable for the Arizona game, saying "maybe" when asked about his status. Jones said Mike Jenkins (hamstring) should play vs. Arizona.

"For sure," Jones said.

It's interesting that Jones isn't as confident in Austin's return as he is Jenkins.

The Cowboys receiver has missed the last three games with the injury and is doing some light rehab work.

“I’m trying to be back as soon as possible, and that would be as soon as possible,” Austin said after Thursday's game vs. Miami.

Jenkins did some pregame warmups and feels better.

"I want to show the trainers that I can get out there this week," Jenkins said. "I think I’ve been doing a god job. It’s progressing. We’ve got a big break here, 10 days or so, so we’re just going to try to capitalize with those days and get back on the field."