DAVIE–The Dolphins anticipate going without starting quarterback Jay Cutler this week and possibly beyond as he recovers from two fractured ribs.
Miami coach Adam Gase said he thinks Matt Moore will make his first start of the season Thursday at Baltimore. He came in for Cutler early in the third quarter Sunday and led the Dolphins to a 31-28 comeback victory over the Jets.
Gase wouldn’t say today whether Moore’s run as the starter, however long it ends up being, will be considered as an audition for the job full-time. When asked whether he would automatically reinstate Cutler once he’s healthy, he declined to say.
“You’re getting way ahead of me, because with this quick turnaround I’m really focused on this week,” Gase said. “When we get through Thursday we’ve got our bye weekend, so then I’m able to sit back and see where we’re at in the total picture and with the health status of a lot of different people.
“I’m not even ready to go anywhere near anything with quarterback. I know who’s available this week, possibly, and what I’m going to do. After that, I’ll move on from there.”
The more pressing quarterback decision for Gase is who he’ll have as the backup to Moore. The team currently has no other quarterback on the roster (tight end MarQueis Gray, a former college quarterback, would have been next Sunday) and can consider promoting Brandon Doughty from the practice squad. The Dolphins could also explore free agent possibilities.
Through six games with the Dolphins, Cutler has a 62.8 completion percentage, an average of 165.8 yards per game, seven touchdowns, five interceptions and a 78.8 passer rating.
Moore, who came on as Ryan Tannehill’s replacement last December, completed 13 of 21 passes for 188 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. In 24 career games for Miami, he has an 89.4 passer rating.
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