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Bears players shocked by Hurd arrest

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Bears players shocked by Hurd arrest

Bears teammates were rocked Thursday by news that wide receiver Sam Hurd had been arrested on federal drug charges that claim Hurd was in fact a major dealer of cocaine and marijuana.

Im just shocked about the situation, said wide receiver Roy Williams, a teammate of Hurds with the Dallas Cowboys and who signed with the Bears along with Hurd on July 29.

Its a situation that I dont want anyone to be in, especially a close friend or a teammate Ive been playing with now four or five years now. Especially a guy from Texas, with a wife and daughter.

Its tough for me, just cause Im not into drugs or anything like that. But I know it has to be tough for him, because he has his family, and thats a choice that he made. And theres consequences, with the choices that you make.

Defensive tackle Anthony Adams was stunned earlier this season by allegations of child sexual abuse by Jerry Sandusky, defensive coordinator at Penn State, Adams alma mater.

I dont know, I dont know, Adams said quietly, shaking his head. Im just finding out about this.

The on-field concern now becomes whether or not the situation is a distraction, not so much during next Sundays game against Seattle, but in the days of preparation.

Sam's a nice guy, well liked, well liked in the locker room, said linebacker Lance Briggs. He's a guy we all were just getting to know.

Whether it's a teammate, whether it's another football player, basketball player, baseball, it doesn't really matter. You hate to see this happen to anyone. We all make mistakes, but this is just sad to see.

Under Center Podcast: Under Center Pod and Halas Intrigue Pod mashup

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Under Center Podcast: Under Center Pod and Halas Intrigue Pod mashup

The Under Center Podcast unites with the Chicago Sun-Times' Halas Intrigue Podcast for a star-studded event.

Laurence Holmes and JJ Stankevitz are joined by Patrick Finley, Jason Lieser and Mark Potash to discuss the Bears' quarterback competition and the different opinions about Mitch Trubisky between GM Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy.

(1:51) - Are you surprised the NFL is proceeding as normal?

(9:45) - Does the NFL have a responsibility to the sponsors during this downtime?

(13:48) - Now that we know Foles' contract, does this fix the Bears QB situation?

(22:18) - Can Mitch Trubisky still be redeemed?

(30:00) - Why did the Bears make so many coaching changes?

(37:40) - Mark Potash joins the podcast

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker on if Bears', 2020 NFL season will start on time

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on if Bears', 2020 NFL season will start on time

On Saturday, President Trump talked to several commissioners of professional sports leagues and reportedly told them that he believes the NFL season will start on time despite the ongoing pandemic. A day later, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker was asked about that possibility.

On CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Jake Tapper asked Pritzker if the Bears would be playing in Soldier Field in September, and if there would be fans. Pritzker did not give a definitive prediction.

“Well, the Bears are a great team whether they’re playing or not, but I will say this, it’s not up to us,” Pritzker said. “We don’t know. None of us really knows. But what I do know is this; if the researchers are able to come up with a treatment, something that will save lives, something that will keep people off ventilators, maybe even keep them out of hospitals, then that will be an enormous development for our country and for the future. It may allow us to open things up in the way the president is describing. But the truth is that no one predicts now that we’re going to have that treatment any time in the next few weeks or even in the next month, and no one really knows if we’ll have it by September.”

“What we do know is that if you have a vaccine, that ultimately will help us deal with the problem,” Pritzker said. “Because it’s either going to be a treatment and herd immunity that ultimately allows us to open everything back up, or it’s a vaccine.”

The sports world will continue to hold its breath until there are more answers.

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