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.
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.