After taking a 24-point lead against the Broncos last week, the Chargers couldn't stop turning the ball over after halftime to allow Denver to score 35 unanswered points and record the win. But the San Diego loss might be more costly than just a game in the standings.
According to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, the league is investigating whether the Chargers used an illegal Stickum-like substance in last Monday's game.
The sticky substance has been banned for many years in the league because of the competitive disadvantage, and Glazer said on Fox NFL Sunday that the Chargers potentially are facing “very stiff sanctions.” That could mean a large fine, or depending on how many players might have used it -- or how many people knew about it -- a loss of draft picks.
Reportedly, during the game last week, a San Diego equipment manager ran onto the field during a timeout and handed out hand towels that held the clear-colored illegal substance.
The line judge saw it, and he tried to confiscate the material. The equipment manager refused, but eventually, officials made him empty his pockets, and that's when they allegedly discovered the substance.