Morning Dump: San Diego Chargers News Around the Web

With a rookie sensation at running back and a fourth-year quarterback who’s finally coming into his own, the surprising Tampa Bay Buccaneers are starting to look like a playoff team.

The Chargers (4-4) returned to practice on Wednesday after enjoying four days off following their 31-13 victory over the Chiefs (1-7) on Thursday Night Football.

8:21PM EST November 7. 2012 – The San Diego Chargers’ decade-long quest for a new stadium almost certainly won’t be submitted to voters until at least 2014.

But even that possibility appeared less likely this week with the election of new mayor Bob Filner, a Democrat who has vowed to be “the toughest negotiator the Chargers have ever faced.”

After a three-week investigation, the NFL has found that the San Diego Chargers have not done anything wrong in using a sticky towel, Gorilla Gold. The league began to investigate the Chargers after a referee took the towel from an equipment manager during the team’s Week 6 loss to Denver.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The NFL fined the San Diego Chargers $20,000 because a member of the equipment staff failed to immediately surrender towels when ordered to do so by a game official against the Denver Broncos on Oct. 15.

The Chargers welcomed back a share of players from injury, including wide receivers Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal. Rookie guard Johnnie Troutman practiced for the first time since the team made him its fifth-round pick in April.

An NFL investigation has cleared the Chargers of any wrongdoing for their use of a grip-enhancing towel, but the organization is being fined for a related incident.

The Chargers wide receiver seemed revitalized Wednesday, saying he had the most fun in practice as he’s had all year. It also was his first practice since straining a hamstring on Oct. 30, an injury that forced him to be sidelined two nights later against the Chiefs.

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