Less than a month after the Saints found themselves facing allegations regarding the misuse and/or abuse of Vicodin by two members of the coaching staff, the Chargers have a player who faces criminal charges of possession of the powerful pain medication.
After being stopped for speeding in the vicinity of the high school he once attended, police found 100 Vicodin pills in the vehicle driven by safety Kevin Ellison. He was released on $10,000 bail.
Ellison, a sixth-round pick in the 2009 draft, started nine games as a rookie in San Diego. He attended USC.
His brother, Keith, plays linebacker for the Bills.
Several years ago, another Chargers safety, Terrence Kiel, was charged with shipping codeine-laced cough syrup to Houston. Kiel later died in an automobile accident.