Fales completed 29 of 42 passes for 265 yards with one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 22-16 loss to the Bills. He also rushed four times for eight yards and a touchdown. Despite a late-game interception that clinched the win, and ultimately, a playoff spot for the Bills, Fales acquitted himself very well in his first NFL start. The second-year pro was able to lead scoring drives of 11, 10 and 10 plays in the second half after Buffalo had jumped out to a 19-3 lead. He closed out the game with a pair of possessions that culminated in a one-yard touchdown pass to Jarvis Landry and a one-yard score on a quarterback sneak, leaving Miami with a chance to put together a game-winning drive following a successful onside kick. While that ultimately failed to come to fruition due to the aforementioned pick, Fales certainly gives the Dolphins' coaching staff something to think about in terms of a potential elevation to the top backup job behind returning signal caller Ryan Tannehill (knee).
Fales may get some playing time Sunday against the Bills, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. In anticipation of an appearance Sunday, head coach Adam Gase handed Fales some first-team practice reps this week. However, game flow will determine whether Fales actually sees the field. Whether or not he directs the offense before season's end, Gase's thought process seems to indicate the Dolphins are ready to move on from Jay Cutler and potentially Matt Moore (foot) behind Ryan Tannehill, who has progressed quite well in his recovery from reconstructive knee surgery in August.
Fales is in line to dress as the backup to Jay Cutler in Sunday's game against the Broncos with Matt Moore (foot) ruled out for the contest, Alain Poupart of the Dolphins' official site reports. Fales has appeared in just one NFL game (in 2016 with Chicago) during his four-year career, but he'll be a Cutler injury away from seeing the field Sunday. Once Moore is back to full strength, however, Fales will fall to third on the depth chart and will likely be inactive for any subsequent contests.
Fales signed with the Dolphins on Wednesday, ESPN.com's James Walker reports. A 2014 sixth-round selection, Fales will be reunited with Dolphins head coach Adam Gase, who served as the Bears' offensive coordinator in 2015 while Fales was with the team. The 26-year-old quarterback made his first career regular-season appearance in Week 17 last season, attempting five passes at the end of a blowout. He's a long shot to make it through final cuts, as the Dolphins have one of the NFL's top backup quarterbacks in Matt Moore.
Fales (thumb) is active for Sunday's tilt against Minnesota. Fales was limited at practice this week due to his thumb injury but it isn't thought to be very serious. He likely won't see any action Sunday unless starting quarterback Matt Barkley is forced out due to injury.
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