Dolphins coach Adam Gase said earlier this week that Jay Cutler will start the regular season finale and that he did not see any reason why Cutler would not remain in the game.
However, a Friday report from the Miami Herald, citing sources, indicates that the Dolphins might spell Cutler with backup David Fales at some point. The report notes that the Dolphins want to get a better sense of whether Fales, 27, is a worthy option with the team expected to have some offseason turnover at the position.
Ryan Tannehill is expected to be ready to resume his spot as the starter after a second ACL surgery. Cutler has said he does not want to be a backup next season. Matt Moore is 34.
So the Dolphins need to know whether Fales could be the backup. Fales is in his third season and has only thrown five NFL passes. He was with Gase in Chicago three years ago before Gase took the Dolphins' job before the 2016 season.
According to the report, whether -- or how much -- Fales plays will depend on the situation because the Dolphins want to win. Fales took first-team reps in practice this week so signs point to him being prepared to play.