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“We always want our players to communicate with us,” Garrett said. “We have a lot of ideas as coaches. We want our players to be comfortable with us, and we want their feedback.”

Orton said until this week he hadn’t taken any in-season snaps with the first-team offense, but he believes the starters are comfortable with him.

“I was fortunate to get a lot of reps during OTAs (when Romo was recovering from back surgery),” Orton said. “I’ve been here a couple of years, so I’ve had plenty of experience with these guys.”

Kitna arrived back at Valley Ranch on Wednesday, also for the first time in two years, as the No. 3 quarterback or as Orton’s backup.

Garrett said Kitna’s job would be to run the scout team, simulating the Eagles‘ offense.

He’s familiar with that role, because for the last two years he has been running the scout team for Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Wash., where he is head coach.

The 41-year-old Kitna had retired from the Cowboys after going on injured reserve because of a back injury.

The 15-year veteran also missed most of the 2008 season because of a herniated disc.

Though he seemed skeptical that Romo could play Sunday, Kitna said, “There are varying levels (of herniated discs).”

Quarterbacks David Carr, Tyler Thigpen, John Skelton, Caleb Hanie and Richard Bartel worked out for the Cowboys on Tuesday, but Garrett said the deciding factor was Kitna’s experience and familiarity with Dallas’ offensive system.

“I think he was gung-ho. He actually reached out to us,” Garrett said. “My comment back was `Are you serious?’ He said, `Absolutely.’ He spoke to his family about it, and it just made sense.”

NOTES: Injured cornerback Morris Claiborne and wide receiver/kick returner Dwayne Harris returned to practice Wednesday after missing Sunday’s game because of hamstring injuries. LBs Kyle Wilber and DeVonte Holloman, who left the game at Washington, also practiced. LBs Sean Lee (neck) and Ernie Sims (groin) remained out.