The Chargers could face NFL discipline after it allegedly used Stickum, or a similar banned adhesive, to gain a competitive advantage during at least one game, according to an ongoing league investigation.
"We are looking into it," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wrote in a Sunday email.
At the team's Oct. 15 game against the Broncos, line judge Jeff Bergman confiscated a sticky substance from a member of the Chargers equipment staff, Aiello confirmed. The substance has been sent to both the Broncos and league office.
The details were first reported by Fox Sports' Jay Glazer.
Potential discipline includes a fine with the possible loss of at least one draft pick.
Stickum is an adhesive, applicable to an athlete's hands, designed to improve grip. It and substances like it have long been banned by the NFL.
"We are aware of the inquiry, and we are cooperating fully with the league," the Chargers said Sunday in an official statement.
The team is on bye this weekend with players not returning to practice until Monday following a four-day break.
If they play like that, you're right. If they play like the did against the Broncos, they definitely should.
It's the same with many teams. If San Francisco plays the way they did against Minnesota and New York, no one should fear them. If Green Bay plays the way they did against New Orleans and Indianapolis, no one should fear them.
If all NFL teams play to their highest ceiling, I think Green Bay, Chicago, Houston, New England, New York, and San Francisco are the best in the NFL. Still think the Super Bowl winner is an NFC club.