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Hurd Expected to Plead Guilty

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    Tom Gianni
    Hurd's attorney says he expects the former receiver will plead guilty to drug possession conspiracy Thursday afternoon.

    Sam Hurd's attorney says the former NFL wide receiver is expected to enter a guilty plea to charges arising from what prosecutors describe as efforts to launch a drug-distribution network.

    Hurd's attorney, Jay Ethington of Dallas, says he expects the former Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys receiver will plead guilty to drug possession conspiracy Thursday afternoon in a federal courtroom in Dallas. If he does, Hurd could receive a prison sentence of 10 years to life.

    U.S. Attorney's spokeswoman Kathy Colvin said no plea agreement with Hurd had been filed.

    Hurd was first arrested in December 2011 outside a Chicago-area steakhouse after agents alleged he accepted cocaine. He was re-arrested last year after authorities said he tried to buy more drugs and failed two drug tests.