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Sam Hurd Arrested: Chicago Bears Cut Troubled Wide Receiver

According to Audrey Irvine of CNN, the Chicago Bears have released WR Sam Hurd following his ongoing legal troubles.

Signed as a free agent after five years with the Dallas Cowboys, Sam Hurd was arrested on Thursday morning during a sting operation executed by Homeland Security. According to federal agents, Hurd was attempting to purchase large amounts of cocaine and marijuana for the express purpose of distribution in the Chicagoland area and among a yet-disclosed list of NFL players.

The Bears initially did not know of Hurd's legal trouble until after he failed to arrive at practice on Thursday morning. Thursday afternoon, the Bears promoted DE Thaddeus Gibson from their practice squad, likely foreshadowing today's release of Hurd.

Playing in 12 games this year, Hurd mostly contributed on special teams, causing a fumble and recovering two. He also had 8 receptions for 109 yards and no touchdowns.

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