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Bears waive Jimmy Clausen, promote David Fales

The Bears have waived quarterback Jimmy Clausen and elevated David Fales from the practice squad.

The Chicago Bears have waived backup quarterback Jimmy Clausen and elevated David Fales from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. 

"We have waived Jimmy Clausen," head coach John Fox said today. "And we’re bringing David Fales up to the active roster. That’s effective today."

Fox said the move was more about wanting to give Fales, the club's 2014 sixth-round draft pick, a longer look as the club's primary backup. 

"I think, we know, we had some interest in David. It was a decision that we made organizationally to give him a look," said Fox. "[Clausen] only played in one game. I think like a big part of our roster, we’re looking at young guys. We’ll look for a practice squad guy to bring in for the practice squad as we move forward. That’s not been done at this point."

Fox said other teams have shown interest in Fales, very likely the Baltimore Ravens, who lost Joe Flacco to a season-ending ACL injury yesterday and whose offensive coordinator, Marc Trestman, was the one who drafted Fales. 

"There was other interest in David," Fox said. 

Fales never been active on game day for the Bears since being drafted. 


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