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Chargers reportedly under investigation for use of Stickum-like substance

Norv Turner's Chargers are 3-3 after losing their last two, and questions about Turner's job security are starting to intensify. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)


The Chargers blew a 24-0 lead last week in losing at home to the Broncos, 35-24. And now it looks like that outcome might be the least of San Diego's problems.

FOX's Jay Glazer reported Sunday that the NFL is investigating the Chargers after the team was caught using a substance that was similar to Stickum -- an adhesive that players used to use on their hands to help them catch the football.

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According to Glazer, a line judge in that Chargers-Broncos game confiscated a towel that one of San Diego's equipment managers was passing around to players during timeouts. The towel allegedly was covered in the Stickum-like substance.

There's no telling what sort of punishment that the Chargers will face for this transgression -- the fact that they lost the game probably won't hurt their cause. At the very least, San Diego has to expect to be hit with some sort of fine, though stricter penalties like the loss of draft picks or player suspensions could result from the investigation.

The NFL banned Stickum in 1981, though some players admitted to using it after that cutoff date.

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