Kitna decision coming in a few weeks

IRVING -- Backup quarterback Jon Kitna wasn't seen during the open media portion of the Dallas Cowboys non-padded practice Monday morning because he's still nursing a back injury.

Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said last week Kitna won't play Sunday at Arizona, however the team is getting closer to making a decision regarding his playing status for 2011.

"I think it's probably pretty similar to what it's been," Jason Garrett said of Kitna's health. "Again, we believe in the rehab and the rest he is getting . We think that is going to help him. Hopefully, in the next couple of weeks, he'll be able to test it and be back sooner rather than later."

It's hard to say if the Cowboys will place Kitna on injured reserve, which would end his season and maybe his career. At 39, Kitna is in the final year of his contract.

The Cowboys have held internal discussions about making a move at quarterback but are waiting to see if Kitna will improve from a physical standpoint.

"A lot of teams around the league have just had two active quarterbacks for most of the season," Garrett said. "We've done that for a large majority of our games this year. We've believed it. We want to have three healthy quarterbacks on our team, but sometimes you can't control health and you have to make the best decision for your team right now and then going forward."

The Cowboys have made two quarterbacks active eight times this season, with Kitna being inactive the last two weeks. For three weeks, the Cowboys had three active quarterbacks, including Weeks 3 and 4 because of Tony Romo's recovery from a fractured rib.