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The Miami Dolphins released quarterback Byron Maxwell and signed David Fales instead of Colin Kaepernick, which caused commotion on Twitter. The Dolphins are pictured on Sept.18, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Getty Images

The Miami Dolphins caused quite a stir online when they signed former Chicago Bears quarterback David Fales Tuesday, seemingly overlooking unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick for the second time.

When starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill went down with a season-ending injury in August, Miami went with Jay Cutler. Now with Cutler sidelined with injured ribs, team coach Adam Gase tasked Matt Moore with the starting spot for Thursday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Instead of adding an inactive Kaepernick to fill the backup quarterback spot, the team has turned to Fales, who they signed early Tuesday, ESPN reported. It’s worth noting that Fales, 29, was signed by the Dolphins this offseason in free agency but was released before the season started. He will likely backup Moore while Culter recovers from broken ribs.

Fales played backup quarterback for the Chicago Bears when Gase was the offensive coordinator back in 2015 and has lots of experience in the coach’s system. However, that didn’t stop some in the online community from suggesting that the team had overlooked Kaepernick.

Controversy surrounded Kaepernick after he first took a knee in 2016 during an in-game performance of the "Star-Spangled Banner" in protest of racial inequality in America. Kaepernick has been unemployed since he opted out of his 49ers contract last year.

During an Alabama rally in September, President Donald Trump suggested NFL owners should fire players who protested during the anthem. Shortly after, several NFL teams and owners kneeled, sat and locked arms during the national anthem.

After roughly a year of unemployment, Kaepernick filed a collusion grievance against the NFL and its owners Oct. 15, citing his symbolic protests as the reason teams haven’t hired him.

Colin Kaepernick
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refuted reports that he would stop protesting the anthem if an NFL team looked to hire him. He is pictured on December 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Getty Images