Former Chicago Bears receiver Sam Hurd pleaded not guilty Wednesday to his most recent drug charges in a case in which authorities accuse him of trying to set up an elaborate drug network.
Hurd's plea in Dallas came two days after his cousin and co-defendant, Jesse Tyrone Chavful, 45, signed papers pleading guilty to one federal drug charge. A third man, Toby Lujan, 27, pleaded guilty in August.
Hurd, 27, faces four new charges of possessing marijuana and cocaine stemming from an August arrest in San Antonio while he was out on bond from his original arrest last year. The additional charges came the same day a plea deal with the government on the two initial charges apparently fell apart.
Hurd was first arrested last December outside a Chicago area steakhouse after allegedly telling undercover federal agents he wanted to buy 5 to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana weekly to distribute. After accepting a kilogram of cocaine, he was arrested outside. The Bears later cut ties with him.
Hurd's attorney in Dallas, Jay Ethington, said there are no current negotiations for another plea deal and expects the case to go to a trial, which now is scheduled for Dec. 3.
"Negotiations broke down and so they've been suspended indefinitely," he said.
Ethington said Hurd remains upbeat. The former Northern Illinois receiver, who also played five seasons for the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, is being held in a federal prison near Dallas.
"He's still positive and looking forward to getting this thing resolved as quick as he can," Ethington said.
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