Updated: September 30, 2014 6:33AM
CLEVELAND — David Fales played like a promising rookie quarterback — a little good, a little bad and a lot of hope.
The sixth-round draft pick from San Jose State, playing from start to finish, was 13-for-24 for 146 yards, one touchdown and one interception for a 69.1 passer rating in the Bears’ 33-13 loss Thursday night against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Fales was 11-for-17 for 129 yards and a touchdown and a 107.2 rating in the first half and 2-for-7 for 17 yards and an interception and a 0.0 rating in the second half as his protection broke down. He was sacked once in each half.
“David showed a lot of composure,” coach Marc Trestman said. “He got knocked around tonight, no doubt about it. He made some throws on the run. He made some plays in the pocket. I thought he handled himself well.”
Wide receiver Josh Bellamy at least gave the Bears something to think about with four receptions for 78 yards, all in the first half.
The highlight was a leaping grab of a Fales pass along the right sideline for a 32-yard gain. Bellamy also had receptions of 11, 17 and 18 yards and drew a 37-yard pass-interference call against starting cornerback Leon McFadden on a deep ball in the first quarter. On five plays to Bellamy in the first half, the Bears gained 115 yards.
Conte still out
Safety Chris Conte, who suffered a concussion against the Seattle Seahawks last week, worked out aggressively before the game but did not play. He still has not been cleared to play.
“He’s still going through [concussion] protocol,” Trestman said.
After a slow start against the Browns’ first-team offense, the Bears fared better against rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel and the Browns’ reserves in the second quarter. Cornerback Al Louis-Jean forced a fumble by running back Terrance West, and safety M.D. Jennings recovered. David Bass sacked Manziel on third down and caused a fumble that forced the Browns to punt.