Former Chicago Bear wide receiver Sam Hurd was back at home Friday evening after spending two nights in the a south side lockup on federal drug charges.
Hurd was released after posting the full $100,000 bond set against him by a federal judge earlier in the day.
As a condition of his release, Hurd is to maintain or seek employment. But at about the same time the former Dallas Cowboy appeared in court wearing an orange jumpsuit and shackles, the Bears cut him from the team.
Judge Young Kim also ordered Hurd to surrender his passport and any firearms.
Hurd was arrested Wednesday outside a Rosemont steakhouse. Prosecutors said he accepted a kilo of cocaine from an undercover federal agent he thought was a supplier. They say Hurd hoped to set up a drug distribution network in the area.
Hurd has been charged with intention to conspire to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, which could get him up to 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine.
He'll be tried in Texas, where the investigation began. Hurd joined the Bears in July after playing with the Cowboys for five seasons.
Following court Friday, Hurd's lawyer denied his client supplied drugs to other NFL players.
"It just didn't happen," said Brett Greenfield, a Los Angeles-based attorney.