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Norv Turner denies San Diego Chargers used stickum

As the NFL continues its investigation of the San Diego Chargers for using an illegal "stickum-type" substance against the Denver Broncos last Monday night, the team's coach claims there's nothing to investigate.

"Nobody from the San Diego Chargers used stickum in the game Monday night against the Denver Broncos," Norv Turner told reporters. "Nobody in this organization has used stickum in any game."

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League spokesman Greg Aiello told NFL.com and NFL Network on Sunday that the league is gathering facts after a Chargers equipment man was spotted concealing a possible illegal, sticky substance and distributing it to players.

The substance was confiscated and sent to the Broncos and league officials. Turner said the object of suspicion is a towel bearing a substance that dries football.

"The questions that have been asked by the league involve a towel that has been used by this organization for over 10 years," Turner said, according to comments distributed by the Chargers. "It's been used by a lot of teams in this league. The towel is used to dry the balls, the gloves the players use and their arms. The league is looking into the towel, and that's about where we're at."

Chargers receiver Robert Meachem pointed to the Monday night implosion and floated the following question to Annie Heilbrunn of U-T San Diego:

"We lost," he said. "How could we have cheated?"

Follow Marc Sessler on Twitter @MarcSesslerNFL.

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