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NFL investigating whether Chargers used illegal sticky substance vs. Broncos

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

After taking a 24-point lead against the Broncos last Monday, the Chargers couldn't stop turning the ball and allowed Denver to score 35 unanswered points in the second half for a 35-24 win.

The San Diego loss might prove 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 the game. The Chargers have since confirmed the investigation, saying in a statement, "We are aware of the inquiry and are cooperating fully with the league."

The sticky substance has long been banned because of the competitive advantage it provides, 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.

Glazer reported that a San Diego equipment manager ran onto the field during a timeout in last week's game and handed out hand towels that held the clear-colored illegal substance.

The line judge saw it and 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.

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