All it takes is a few minutes of carelessness inside the team facility for the Minnesota Vikings to have a Denver Broncos situation on their hands. And no one wants star receiver Adam Thielen lining up under center the way poor Kyle Hinton had to for the Broncos last Sunday.

While coach Mike Zimmer confirmed this week that the Vikings won’t go as far as having a quarantine quarterback in reserve, he noted how he is counting on quarterbacks Kirk Cousins, Sean Mannion, Jake Browning and Nate Stanley to remain diligent with COVID protocols over the next month and a half.

That means wearing masks and contact tracers at all times while in TCO Performance Center in Eagan, Minn. That means maintaining social distancing while in meeting rooms. That means being smart about interactions away from work.

Heck, the Vikings have even gone as far as increasing the size of the meeting room for their quarterbacks. They started with the small room they used last year, transitioned to a room typically used for larger position groups, and finally settled on a big room sometimes used for team meetings.

Whatever it takes to stay spaced out.

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“We just kind of pick up all our things and carry them into a different room and that’s all there is to it,” Mannion said. “Just trying to follow all the protocols and adjust on the fly.”

That’s the name of the game this year as COVID continues to spread at a rapid rate. So is holding players accountable.

“There are basically mask police in our building who are opening doors in meetings and seeing if everybody has their masks on,” Cousins said. “It’s being monitored from the moment we step in the building until the moment we leave. It’s just been beaten into us since the end of July, as to the habits we have to have, and to this point, it’s been effective.”

As for actual preparation, Mannion said that hasn’t changed that much. There have been times where the team has met over Microsoft Teams instead of in person. There also have been a couple of practices here and there cancelled due to COVID protocols.

It’s a credit to the Vikings that they haven’t ended up like the Broncos, who had all three of their quarterbacks in quarantine for last week’s 31-3 loss to New Orleans.

“You’ve kind of thought this is a possibility of something kind of going awry like that, and then to see it happen with the Broncos,” Mannion said. “It’s just another reminder for us to be keep being diligent with all the protocols.”

Unless something drastic changes, it’s clear the Vikings won’t go the route of a quarantine quarterback. If they have to at some point, though, Mannion is confident the position group will take it in stride.

“For the quarterbacks, it’s about being focused on the game plan and being focused on the reps in practice,” he said. “You’re always just focused on getting ready for the game. Those are decisions with other people. You just take the same personal approach of, ‘I’m going to do everything the same way where I’m preparing myself to play.’ ”