(CBS) Former Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd is reportedly preparing to plead guilty in the federal drug case against him.

โ€œA plea of guilty is in the works,โ€ Jay Ethington, Hurdโ€™s Dallas-based attorney, told the Tribune.

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Hurd, who played his college ball at Northern Illinois University, is charged with drug conspiracy and accused of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana.

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The former wide receiver faces a maximum sentence of 10 years to life in prison and a $10 million fine.

Hurd’s cousin and another associate have already pleaded guilty to drug charges and are expected to testify against him if the case goes to trial.

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Hurd was arrested in December of 2011 after he allegedly told an undercover agent he wanted to buy mass quantities of cocaine and marijuana to sell.