CHICAGO – While the debate over their starting quarterback’s future with the team is likely to continue for the coming months, the Bears did make a statement about what they plan to do about the backup.
With other teams interested in acquiring him off their practice squad, the Bears made the decision to elevate David Fales to the active 53-man roster and waive backup quarterback Jimmy Clausen.
Head coach John Fox confirmed the move during his news conference on Monday morning.
“We had some interest in David. It’s a decision we made organizationally to give him a look,” said Fox of Fales, who was a sixth-round draft pick of the team back in 2014.
Fales has been on the active roster a few times in his Bears career but has yet to appear in a regular season game.
Clausen’s exit ends his year-and-a-half stint with the team who signed him as a free agent in June of 2014. Clausen appeared in four games in 2014 and started one against the Lions in December for a struggling Jay Cutler. In that contest on December 17th at Soldier Field he completed 26-of-48 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns compared to an interception in a Bears’ loss.
This year Clausen played in two games in relief on Cutler when he was injured in the first half of the Cardinals game in September. He finished out the rest of the game then started the following week in Seattle, throwing for a combined 23 of 40 for 184 yards with one interception.
Clausen was originally picked up in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers.