Hurts replaces Wentz in Philly & other NFL news

UNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles are changing starting quarterbacks following a four-game losing streak that’s dropped them to 3-8-1.

Jalen Hurts will be under center for the start of Sunday’s game against the Saints. Head coach Doug Pederson insisted Monday the decision was his, even though Carson Wentz’s four-year, $128 million contract begins in 2021.

Hurts replaced Wentz in the third quarter of Sunday’s 30-16 loss to Green Bay. Hurts was sacked three times while completing 5 of 12 passes for 109 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Elsewhere in the NFL:

— Ravens receiver Dez Bryant was scratched from Tuesday’s game against his former team after apparently testing positive for COVID-19. Bryant left the field in the middle of warming up with the team in preparation to face the Cowboys. He tweeted that he was annoyed by the timing of the test and later added that he was done for the season.

— Browns starting right guard Wyatt Teller has been placed on the COVID-19 reserve list, putting him in jeopardy of missing next Monday’s home game against Baltimore. Teller did not test positive, but had close contact with an infected person who is not affiliated with the Browns.

— The Titans have put wide receiver Adam Humphries on injured reserve, two days after he played his first game following a month in the concussion protocol. Humphries got a concussion when he was hit in a loss to Cincinnati on Nov. 1 and missed the next four games.

— NFL players believe the season can be completed on time without the league moving into a version of a postseason bubble like other sports have. That’s provided everyone follows the rules already in place meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus. NFLPA President JC Tretter and Executive Director DeMaurice Smith say that the rules in place requiring players and staff to be tested daily, wear masks, socially distance and have tracers for contact tracing have helped prevent the spread of the virus.