IRVING, Texas --Quarterback Stephen McGee learned his preparation can be tested at any time last Christmas Night at Arizona, when Jon Kitna -- filling in for an injured Tony Romo -- went down with a hip flexor.
McGee finished the game and the 2010 season under center. This week, with Kitna listed as "doubtful" due to a sore back, McGee appears the likely No. 2 quarterback behind Romo this Sunday at Washington.
McGee, who typically gets one day of scout-team practice reps per week, took two this week with Kitna resting Thursday and Friday. Romo, who is no longer listed on the injury report for a previous rib injury, took all the first-team reps.
McGee has been inactive for six of nine games this season, but says his approach during the week never changes.
"It's life in the NFL as a backup quarterback," he said. "Opportunities are random. You never know when they're going to come, how they're going to come, what the situation is, where it's going to be. You've just got to always go about your business the same way."