Originally written on Dallas Cowboys And The NFL  |  Last updated 11/23/11

DENVER - NOVEMBER 09: Kyle Orton #8 of the Denver Broncos drops back to pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 09, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
IRVING – With backup quarterback Jon Kitna out for a second straight game with a bad back, the Cowboys were one of three teams to put in a waiver claim Wednesday on Kyle Orton. Citing an anonymous source, ESPNDallas.com reported that Dallas was prepared to pay roughly $2.6 million to pick up Orton for the final six games. He was awarded to Kansas City because of its 4-6 record. With Jay Cutler out with a broken thumb, Chicago also put in a claim for Orton, who was cut by Denver on Tuesday. By virtue of their 6-4 record, the Cowboys would have been awarded Orton ahead of the Bears, who are 7-3. There is no timetable for Kitna’s return, although Jason Garrett expressed optimism that he could be back in time to be active against Arizona on Dec. 4. Stephen McGee will back up Tony Romo on Thursday against Miami.
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