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Chicago Bears cut receiver Hurd after drug arrest

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Hurd looks for a first down against the Arizona Cardinals in the third quarter during an NFL game in Glendale,
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Hurd looks for a first down against the Arizona Cardinals in the third quarter during an NFL game in Glendale,

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Chicago Bears said on Friday they will cut wide receiver Sam Hurd from the football team following his arrest on federal drug charges.

Team spokesman Scott Hagel told Reuters in an e-mail that Hurd, 26, "will be waived today," meaning he will be dropped from the team.

Hurd, who signed a three-year contract with the Bears in July after five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, was arrested and charged earlier this week with conspiracy to distribute large quantities of cocaine and marijuana.

Hurd allegedly wanted to set up a drug distribution operation in Chicago and told an undercover law enforcement agent that he wanted to buy five to 10 kilograms of cocaine at a price of $25,000 per kilogram weekly, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court.

(Reporting by James B. Kelleher and Greg McCune)

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