A federal judge has set an April 2 trial date in Dallas for former Chicago Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd.
Hurd, 26, is accused of trying to establish a drug-dealing network. He was arrested in December during an undercover sting. The Bears released him a few days after the arrest.
Authorities said they caught Hurd telling an undercover agent that he and a co-conspirator already distributed cocaine throughout the Chicago area and needed more supply.
In an order Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Jorge Solis set a pretrial conference for March 21, according to the Associated Press. The trial could be delayed by motions filed beforehand.
Last month Hurd hired new attorneys Michael McCrum of San Antonio and Jay Ethington of Dallas to defend him against the accusations.
Hurd pleaded not guilty to charges.