ChicagoNow's Adam Oestmann:
#Bears say they performed standard background checks on Hurd/found nothing. He was signed 1 day after speaking w/ Homeland Security agents.— Adam Oestmann (@adamspeaks) December 15, 2011
Hurd was arrested on Wednesday night during a meeting in which he negotiated a deal to purchase 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana on a weekly basis. Since news of the arrest hit, teammates and coaches have been doing their best to come to terms with the situation. Said Lovie Smith:
"I am in shock over it," Smith said. "Never saw it coming. My dealings with Sam here as most of you would probably say the same has all been good. He's a guy that showed up every day to go to work."
Hurd was scheduled to appear in a Chicago federal court on Thursday at around 5:00 p.m. CT, according to the Tribune.
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