Chicago Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd was locked up in federal custody Thursday as his stunned teammates learned he had been charged with trying to set up a drug-dealing network following his arrest with more than a pound of cocaine.
U.S. Magistrate Young Kim ordered Hurd held until at least today while prosecutors and defense attorneys work out bond details before he is sent to Texas to face charges. The handcuffed Hurd declined comment to a reporter before the hearing.
Asked if he was still a member of the Bears, he said: “As far as I know.” He shook his head when asked if he had talked to anyone on the team.
Hurd was arrested Wednesday night after meeting with an undercover agent at a Chicago restaurant, according to a criminal complaint that says the player was first identified as a potential drug dealer over the summer as the NFL lockout was coming to an end.
BROWNS: With Colt McCoy still experiencing headaches and not practicing from a concussion suffered in Pittsburgh last week, Seneca Wallace, who has spent most of his NFL career as an understudy, will likely start when the Browns (4-9) visit the Arizona Cardinals.
Browns coach Pat Shurmur has not yet ruled McCoy out, but all signs are pointing to Wallace making his first start this season– and his 19th in nearly 10 pro seasons.
McCoy was sent home for the third time this week with lingering symptoms from the wallop he took from Steelers linebacker James Harrison.
VIKINGS: Three weeks on the sideline appears to be about all Adrian Peterson can take.
Peterson said on Thursday that he plans to play against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday despite being only about 85 percent healed from a sprained left ankle that has caused him to miss three consecutive games.
He wants to be there for his teammates, who have found a new way to lose seemingly every week to fall to 2-11.
“It’s very important, especially for my fantasy team owners,” Peterson joked. “They’ve been giving me a hard time on Twitter. But just being out ... seeing my guys go out and fall short week after week and just wishing I was out there to help those guys compete.”
TITANS: Matt Hasselbeck is back practicing, and Tennessee is expecting the veteran quarterback to start Sunday when it visits the winless Colts.
Hasselbeck hurt his left calf early in last week’s 22-17 loss to New Orleans.
DOLPHINS: Quarterback Matt Moore returned to practice and took the majority of snaps after being sidelined with a mild concussion, but interim coach Todd Bowles said he’ll wait until game day to decide who starts Sunday at Buffalo.