Bears' Sam Hurd arrested

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:04 AM ET

TORONTO - Wide receiver Sam Hurd has traded in his orange Chicago Bears jersey for an orange prison jumpsuit after he was arrested Thursday and charged with trying to set up a drug distribution network.

Hurd was arrested after he allegedly agreed to buy a kilogram of cocaine from an undercover agent.

That’s never a good move.

Hurd’s arre st could quickly become a nightmare for the NFL as police say that Hurd was one of the top drug dealers in Chicago and there are reports authorities have obtained a list of players who were supplied drugs.

Hurd is in his first year with the Bears after spending five season with the Dallas Cowboys. On the season he has eight catches and also has playing time on special teams.

In his meeting with the undercover agent in a Chicago restaurant, Hurd offered the undercover agent $450 per pound of marijuana and $25,000 per kilogram of cocaine and requested five to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana. Hurd’s intention, per the complaint, was to distribute the drugs in the Chicagoland area.

Hurd allegedly also told the agent that he and a co-conspirator are already selling close to four kilos of cocaine a week in the Chicago area.

Hurd, 26, has been under investigation since July, when the Department of Homeland Security seized $88,000 cash from a vehicle registered to Hurd in Dallas, according to the criminal report.

The Bears released a statement saying: “We are aware of Sam’s arrest and are continuing to gather details surrounding it. We are disappointed whenever these circumstances arise. We will deal with them appropriately once we have all the information.”

Bears linebacker Lance Briggs told ESPN: “I think everyone is (shocked). Nice guy. Sam is a nice guy. Well liked, well liked in the locker room. He was a guy we were just all getting to know.

“You hate to see this happen to anyone. We all make mistakes, but like I said, it’s just sad to see.”

— with files from Reuters

CALDWELL ON THE OUTS?

How much rope does an NFL head coach receive if his team goes 0-16?

Apparently just enough to hang yourself.

With the Indianapolis Colts within sniffing distance of an 0-16 season — they head for defeat No. 14 on Sunday when they play the Tennessee Titans — comes reports that head coach Jim Caldwell will get the axe if they go winless.

No real surprise there.

The Colts, who have been a powerhouse over the past 10 years — nine consecutive playoff appearances, have fallen apart with the loss of quarterback Peyton Manning, who has missed the entire season following a series of neck operations.

The Colts playoff run was doomed when Manning couldn’t play but nobody figured they would completely fall apart and Caldwell has to take the blame for that development.

The schedule, though, may help Caldwell retain his job.

The Titans, even though they are 7-6 and fighting for their playoff lives, will be operating with backup quarterback Jake Locker with the game in Lucas Oil Stadium.

The next week the Colts have their final home game but nobody would expect them to defeat the Houston Texans, who took advantage of Manning’s absence and won the AFC South crown.

Their final game of the season is in Jacksonville against the offensively challenged Jacksonville Jaguars, who are 4-9 on the season.

EASLEY DOES IT

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marcus Easley told the Buffalo News that he has been cleared to return from the heart condition that sidelined him this season.

A fourth-round pick in 2010, Easley missed his rookie season with a knee injury and lost this season when the heart ailment was discovered. Neither Easley not the Bills have been specific about the nature of his ailment.

“When it first came about it was so random, it came out of nowhere,” Easley

told the News. “I’ve been cleared to play again. Everything’s positive and I’ll be back.”

Easley has been restricted to attending team meetings and working out in the weight room.

“I’m slowly getting back into things,” he said. “I have been doing cardio work and lifting some weights. I’ve been here pretty much the whole time.

I’m actually getting something out of it (the workouts) now. Being in the weight room and getting back to the way things are supposed to be was a relief.”

The Bills may be counting on Easley to fill the vacancy at wide receiver if as expected, Stevie Johnson opts for free agency.

BILLS'S JOHNSON A GONER?

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson is a likely goner.

Shuffling out of Buffalo, that is.

With three games remaining on the calendar, his current contract coming to an end and not close to reaching agreement on an extension, Johnson expects to play out his current contract and become a free agent.

“I’m just ready to play these games and see what happens from there,” Johnson told the Buffalo News. “I don’t really want to ... we already tried all that months ago, and we’re just ready to play these games now and see what happens later on.”

The paper suggests that the Bills could use a franchise tag on Johnson, which keep him as a Bill for 2012 on a one-year contract that would pay him about $9.5 million.

“We know it’s a business,” Johnson said. “We’ll see what they do. They have plans upstairs to maybe make moves and then bring me back later on, so we’ll just see how that plays out.”

Through 13 games, Johnson leads the team with 63 receptions for 790 yards and six touchdowns.

Last year he caught a team-high 82 passes for 1,073 yards and 10 TDs.

McCOY WILL SIT

To no surprise, Cleveland Browns’ quarterback Colt McCoy is not expected to play this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

McCoy has not recovered from the concussion he received in last week’s loss against Pittsburgh when he was levelled in a helmet-to-helmet hit by linebacker James Harrison, who has received a one-game suspension for the hit.

McCoy was sent home again Thursday still suffering from concussion-like symptoms. He has not practised all week with backup Seneca Wallace taking the snaps with the starting offence.

Coach Pat Shurmur said that McCoy is still experiencing headaches.

Shurmur wouldn’t formally rule out McCoy but on Thursday said: “Seneca’s been taking all the snaps. Two plus two ...”

The Browns have received plenty of criticism for allowing McCoy to go back into the Pittsburgh game after missing just two plays.

With McCoy likely out, Thad Lewis would become the Browns backup.

Meanwhile, the Browns will likely also be without tight end Benjamin Watson, who received his third concussion of the season against the Steelers.


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