Under commissioner Roger Goodell, the NFL has made player conduct one of its biggest priorities. Cheating has been dealt with harshly (just ask the Saints).
So, San Diego football fans might be losing a little sleep over the fact the NFL has placed the Chargers in the cross-hairs of its latest investigation.
According to league sources, an on-field official confiscated a towel from someone on the Chargers sidelines during the team's 35-24 loss to the Broncos on Monday Night Football. The official believed the towel had a sticky substance on it, and that it was being passed to players to help their grip on the football.
Such substances have been illegal in the league since 1981. The materials the official took possession of have been sent to the league office for evaluation.
The Chargers declined interview requests about the investigation, instead issuing this statement:
"We are aware of the inquiry and are cooperating fully with the League."
FOX Sports' Jay Glazer first brought the investigation to light. Depending on what the NFL finds, punishments could include fines, player or coach suspensions, or the loss of draft picks.
NBC 7 will follow up on this story with the team when it returns from its bye week on Monday afternoon.
Check back for updates.