Heisman Trophy winner to back up Kitna

Updated: October 20, 2003, 8:09 PM ET
Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- Carson Palmer has moved up in the Cincinnati Bengals' order of clipboard holders.

The Heisman Trophy winner is now the No. 2 quarterback, only an injury away from getting to play. But he'll remain a passing arm's-length away as long as Jon Kitna keeps doing what he has for the past three games.

Kitna threw three touchdown passes Sunday in a 34-26 victory over Baltimore that solidified his hold on the job that will eventually be Palmer's inheritance.

With Kitna avoiding ...

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