Hinton promoted with all 4 Denver QBs out

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) looks to throw against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) looks to throw against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

With their four quarterbacks all out, the Denver Broncos have promoted rookie receiver Kendall Hinton from their practice squad Sunday to play QB against the New Orleans Saints.

Starter Drew Lock, backup Brett Rypien and practice squad veteran Blake Bortles were deemed high-risk close contacts with No. 3 quarterback Jeff Driskel on Wednesday, the day before Driskel tested positive for COVID-19.

Hinton played quarterback for three years in college before switching to wide receiver last year.

Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (ankle) is active against New Orleans after being limited during the week.

The Saints juggled their offensive line with Nick Easton starting at left guard for Andrus Peat (concussion) and James Hurst starting at left tackle for Terron Armstead.

Tight end Tyler Higbee is active for the Los Angeles Rams’ home game against San Francisco after being limited all week in practice with an elbow injury. Rookie linebacker Terrell Lewis is inactive for the Rams with a persistent knee injury, and new linebacker Derek Rivers is inactive after being claimed off waivers from New England last week.

The 49ers have several players back in their lineup, including cornerback Richard Sherman, offensive tackle Trent Williams and leading rusher Raheem Mostert. Starting right guard Tom Compton is out with a concussion.

Kansas City receiver Sammy Watkins is active against Tampa Bay after being sidelined since Week 5 with a hamstring injury. For the Buccaneers, guard Ali Marpet returns to lineup after missing three games because of a concussion. Tackle Donovan Smith is active after not practicing all week and being listed as questionable with an ankle injury.