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Bears release WR Hurd

One day after he was arraigned on federal drug charges, Chicago Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd has been placed on waivers.

The complaint against Hurd alleges that beginning in late July, Hurd was arranging to purchase between three and five kilos of cocaine ($25,000 per kilo) and 1,000 pounds of marijuana ($450 per pound) per week to be distributed in the Chicago area.

A special teams standout during his five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, the 26-year-old Hurd was signed to a three-year, $4.15 million contract by the Bears when free agency opened following the lifting of the lockout. Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said that the club did its due diligence on Hurd, who had “no flags” that hinted to his involvement in a drug distribution ring.

In 12 games with the Bears, Hurd has eight receptions for 109 yards, a 24-yard kick return, and four tackles with a fumble recovery on special teams.

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