The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in the Denver Broncos' camp was triggered by protocol violations committed by the team's quarterback room. According to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the Broncos’ quarterbacks were not forthcoming when dealing with contact tracers for NFL and NFL Players Association.

Jeff Driskel first tested positive for the virus while his fellow playmakers in Drew Lock, Brett Rypien, and Blake Bortles were all identified as high-risk close contacts for Driskel.

According to Pro Football Talk, it was also reported that all four individuals failed to wear a mask during meetings which is a violation of the safety protocols previously mandated by the league. They were also uncooperative with the NFL and the NFLPA during the contact tracing after Driskel's positive COVID-19 case was confirmed.

As a result, all four quarterbacks have been ruled out of their Week 12 encounter against the New Orleans Saints. The team eventually turned to practice squad wide receiver Kendall Hilton to take over the playmaking duties under center for the time being.

All four individuals including the Broncos as a team will most likely be disciplined and penalized by the league for violating COVID-19 rules in the coming days. The ongoing issue serves as another debacle for the Broncos who were already severely hit by injuries to their key players prior to the season.

Through Week 11, they find themselves with a dismal 4-6 record to nab third place in the AFC West. Despite the odds, the Broncos will still aim to pull off the impossible as they feature an emergency QB in Kendall Hinton against the Saints in Week 12 proceedings.